19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Miami Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Columbus

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Times Square, and then browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at East River Waterfront Esplanade, get to know the resident critters at Bronx Zoo, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City driving holiday tool .

Columbus to New York City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Columbus in May, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

2
nights
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 17th (Fri), walk around Lincoln Road, then examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, then see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at South Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Collins Avenue, then wander the streets of Art Deco Historic District, and then don't miss a visit to Ocean Drive.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Miami Beach trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to Miami Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Miami Beach to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Miami
Highlights from your plan
Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District
South Beach ©
South Beach

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Water Wall, tee off at Hermann Park, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Houston route website .

You can fly from Miami Beach to Houston in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Miami Beach in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Houston, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

2
nights
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 21st (Tue): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then wander the streets of The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Houston to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: trek along North Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Panorama Trail, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, Yosemite National Park is much colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 75°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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