15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly

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New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New York City travel tool.

Louisville to New York City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary site.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sat), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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Getting from Washington DC to San Francisco by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 12th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Yaki Point, and hike along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then try your luck at New York New York Casino.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas route maker.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect Las Vegas to be much warmer, temps between 101°F and 77°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.