17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Las Vegas
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Austin
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Yellowstone National Park
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Williamsburg
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Charleston
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Washington DC
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Golden Gate Bridge and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary site.

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Paris to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do your shopping at The Strip and The Forum Shops at Caesars. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and get your game on at Wreck Room.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Las Vegas, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Wild Basin Preserve, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and then take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Austin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Austin, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Austin

Wildlife · Parks

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellowstone River Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, and explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Austin to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Yellowstone National Park. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in January; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Williamsburg

— 1 night

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Colonial Williamsburg and then contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip maker app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Williamsburg by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Williamsburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January, things will get much hotter in Williamsburg: highs are around 11°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Charleston.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center, stroll through The Center for Birds of Prey, and then stroll through Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Nathaniel Russell House, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caw Caw Interpretive Center, and finally make a trip to Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston trip planner.

You can fly from Williamsburg to Charleston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Williamsburg in January: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Charleston

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sat), stroll through Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip planning tool.

Fly from Charleston to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Charleston in January, expect Washington DC to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.