18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6​h
6
New York City
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h
7
Boston
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
8
Salem
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

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 1st (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and then kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seattle travel route tool .

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Seattle due to the time zone difference. September in Seattle sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Exploratorium, examine the collection at de Young Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip site .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
nights
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parsons Memorial and Yosemite Cemetery. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
day
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Memphis takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Memphis are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): wander the streets of Garden District, then learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planning tool .

Drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. 9/11 Memorial and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to New York City is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Boston online visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Boston at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Salem.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery

1
night
Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Salem Witch Museum, then see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The House of the Seven Gables, and finally kick back and relax at Red Rock Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salem road trip planning tool .

Getting from Boston to Salem by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Salem when traveling from Boston in September, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Rock Park
Highlights from your plan
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Salem Witch Museum ©
Salem Witch Museum

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