18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Miami
tram + Fly:  8​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
Fly + subway:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly + foot:  4​h 45​min
End: Miami

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market and then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

Miami to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Miami in August, with highs in Seattle at 80°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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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.
On the 28th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Hopi Point, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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 30th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains.

Planning Las Vegas trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 101°F and lows are around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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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.
On the 1st (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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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: explore and take pictures at Central Park, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip maker website .

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New York City is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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

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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 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC tour app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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