17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Drive:  25​h
2
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 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, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

1
night
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West day trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Key West by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Key West hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Shopping Parks
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail and Hopi House. On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Key West to Grand Canyon National Park in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Key West in February, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 11°C and lows at -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
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 24th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, examine the collection at The Neon Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, stroll through Lincoln Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through Nob Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. February in San Francisco sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then hike along North Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 13°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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