16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New York City
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Templeton
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 night
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New York City

— 2 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City holiday planning tool.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City due to the time zone difference. In May, New York City is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 1 night
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 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planning app.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 10th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New Orleans using our trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Templeton.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Templeton

— 1 night
Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California. On the 15th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then do a tasting at Turley Cellars, then get to know the resident critters at Charles Paddock Zoo, and finally walk around Atascadero Lake Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Templeton trip builder.

Drive from Los Angeles to Templeton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Templeton, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Templeton

Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Golden Gate Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Traveling by car from Templeton to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Templeton in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver driving holiday site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Denver. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, and finally walk around Milton Lee Olive Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chicago using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in May, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · 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.