18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens

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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fifth Avenue and American Museum of Natural History. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take a stroll through Times Square, and get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New York City vacation planner .

Athens, Greece to New York City is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Athens to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

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

2
nights
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 26th (Fri): take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chicago holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Chicago, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and take in the exciting artwork at Africa and Beyond.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planning app .

Getting from Chicago to San Diego by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Annenberg Community Beach House are in your itinerary. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Montana Avenue, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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