16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip tool .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Washington National Cathedral and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Washington DC are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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 23rd (Sat), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then browse the exhibits of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago. In May, Chicago is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Escape My Room New Orleans. On your second day here, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, then don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planning site .

Fly from Chicago to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, walk around Golden Gate Park, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum

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