18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Starved Rock State Park and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Get a sense of the local culture at Richard H. Driehaus Museum and The Magnificent Mile. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, wander the streets of Lincoln Park, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary maker app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Bangkok to Chicago. Traveling from Bangkok in October, things will get cooler in Chicago: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Harlem Irving Plaza Mall, Geneva Lake Shore Path, Starved Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Richard H. Driehaus Museum ©
Richard H. Driehaus Museum

1
night
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 6th (Sun): wander the streets of Georgetown, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Old Town, and finally view the masterpieces at Torpedo Factory Art Center.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC online route planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Alexandria, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town
Georgetown ©
Georgetown

3
nights
Orlando

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
International Drive and Stetson Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ormond Beach. Step out of Orlando to go to Ponce Inlet and see Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get some fabulous bargains at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, make an unforgettable trip to World of Disney, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Orlando at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Orlando

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Ormond Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ormond Beach ©
Ormond Beach
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Point, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Orlando to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to San Francisco. Traveling from Orlando in October, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and El Capitan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Pothole Dome, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Snoqualmie Falls, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, and then look for gifts at Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Seattle by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, Seattle is much warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Trails Parks

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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