16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Philadelphia
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

4
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, don't miss a visit to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for little chillier nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Visiting Ventnor City Beach and Cape May City Beaches will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Independence Hall. Venture out of the city with trips to Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge), Atlantic City Boardwalk (in Atlantic City) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Wildwood Beach, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, and steep yourself in history at Liberty Bell Center.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia day trip website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Philadelphia is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Philadelphia hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Wildwood Beach, Ventnor City Beach, Atlantic City Boardwalk
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of 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 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, and then look for gifts at Politics and Prose. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, and then meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Washington DC online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Horseshoe Casino, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

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