15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to New York City is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in New York City hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC travel route planner.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and take a memorable drive along Firehole Lake Drive.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 18°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
On the 20th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Thu), make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Golden Gate Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco travel route builder app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.