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 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fifth Avenue and 9/11 Memorial. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ellis Island and St. Paul's Chapel. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, choose your vessel at Tribeca Sailing, explore and take pictures at Central Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planning website .

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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in New York City are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to 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 28th (Sun): take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, get to know the fascinating history 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. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then examine the collection at The Field Museum, then admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Chicago, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and shop like a local with Africa and Beyond.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker website .

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. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

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.
Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Annenberg Community Beach House). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker .

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 August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

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.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow 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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