18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing site .

Kansas City to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 18th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yosemite National Park trip simple and quick.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are much colder (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, then explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, then make a trip to Montana Avenue, and finally don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
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.
Visiting Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim will get you outdoors. On the 25th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from San Diego, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 26th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, you will find days in Chicago are a bit cooler (45°F), and nights are a bit warmer (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fifth Avenue and American Museum of Natural History. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Paley Center for Media will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), go for a walk through Central Park, and examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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 ©
American Museum of Natural History

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