17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 1 day
Drive
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Corning
— 1 night
Drive
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Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Hershey
Drive
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New York City
— 2 nights
Train
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, trek along Panorama Trail, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Niagara Falls

— 1 day

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): head outdoors with Niagara Jet Adventures and then Head underground at Cave of the Winds.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to Niagara Falls takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to Niagara Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Niagara Falls, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Corning.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corning

— 1 night
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. On the 19th (Sat), view the masterpieces at West End Gallery, then look for gifts at Bottles and Corks, and then examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Corning journey maker site.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Corning in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, plan for little chillier nights in Corning, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Corning

Museums · Shopping

Harrisburg

— 1 night
Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. On the 20th (Sun), stroll around Kohl Memorial Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Patrick, and then get your game on at Outside The Box Escape Room.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Harrisburg trip planner.

Drive from Corning to Harrisburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Corning in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Harrisburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Hershey

Chocolatetown, USA

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hershey route app.

Hershey is very close to Harrisburg. In September in Hershey, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to New York City.

Things to do in Hershey

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games

New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

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 21st (Mon): appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Times Square, and then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

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

You can drive from Hershey to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hershey in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Please Touch Museum, then meet the residents at Philadelphia Zoo, and then wander the streets of Society Hill.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Philadelphia using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 1 night
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 24th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, then get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip app.

You can fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Museums

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.