17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
8
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Broadway, Free Tours by Foot, Times Square, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, get interesting insight from Free Tours by Foot, and then make a trip to Broadway. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and then go for a walk through Times Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in July; daily highs in New York City reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Times Square ©
Times Square

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC vacation planning site .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
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
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola and then immerse yourself in nature at Stone Mountain Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Centennial Olympic Park, then explore the world behind art at Center for Civil and Human Rights, then steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Atlanta driving holiday planner .

Getting from Washington DC to Atlanta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Stone Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Center for Civil and Human Rights

1
night
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, then meet the residents at Dallas World Aquarium, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dallas journey website .

Fly from Atlanta to Dallas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in July: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

The Escape Game Dallas
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas World Aquarium ©
Dallas World Aquarium

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

You can fly from Dallas to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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 28th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, make a trip to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

Plan a Seattle trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Seattle are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Seattle

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

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nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Motown Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. When in Detroit, make a side trip to see Toledo Zoo in Toledo, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the history behind Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Seattle to Detroit in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Toledo Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

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