18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
End: Los Angeles

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 3rd (Mon): appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then take a stroll through Times Square, and then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New York City holiday builder .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, make a trip to Canalside, and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Niagara Falls when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Buffalo
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Observation Tower ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower

2
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, then get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lancaster online trip planner .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Lancaster in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Longwood Gardens, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

3
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online day trip planner .

Getting from Lancaster to Washington DC by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Washington DC. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, shop like a local with The Strip, enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas driving holiday planner .

Getting from Washington DC to Las Vegas by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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