18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Chicago, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Chicago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 10 hours. In July, Chicago is colder than Dubai - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 30th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On your second day here, make a trip to The 45th Parallel, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail, then trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and finally explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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 5th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for much hotter nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 45°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

1
night
Pigeon Forge

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along 5 Rivers Adventures, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Pigeon Forge takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in August; daily highs in Pigeon Forge reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hartford, Sugarlands Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
5 Rivers Adventures ©
5 Rivers Adventures

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 9th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Pigeon Forge to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Central Park, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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