15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Ancona
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Ancona

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Tiles For America. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of Central Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City planner .

Ancona, Italy to New York City is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ancona to New York City due to the time zone difference. In October in New York City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago and then experience rural life at Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile, and finally explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chicago travel planning site .

You can fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Events Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. For shopping fun, head to Hammer Museum or Craft & Folk Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles. Traveling from Chicago in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and SoMa. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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