17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Chicago itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, 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, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Washington DC trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Chicago to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Washington DC are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

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

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City online tour planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park to see Grand Teton about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Artist Point, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

1
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.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then make a trip to Space Needle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect nights in Seattle to be warmer, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): 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.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday builder site .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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