20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Salem
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Dallas
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
4
Bay City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Mason City
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

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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: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, walk around The High Line, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City online attractions planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salem.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum, steep yourself in history at The House of the Seven Gables, and then step off the mainland to explore Crowninshield Island. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Salem Witch Museum, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stroll the grounds of Old First Parish Burying Ground, and finally examine the collection at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Salem trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from New York City to Salem in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from New York City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Salem. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gloucester, Crowninshield Island, Old First Parish Burying Ground
Highlights from your plan
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables

1
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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Top O'Hill Terrace, then get your game on at The Escape Game Dallas, and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Salem to Dallas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salem to Dallas. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salem in July: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 96°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bay City.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Top O'Hill Terrace, The Escape Game Dallas
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace

1
night
Bay City

Bay City
Bay City is a city in Matagorda County, Texas, United States. You can plan Bay City trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Dallas to Bay City with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Bay City are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Austin.

Things to do in Bay City

Nightlife Fun & Games Wildlife

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Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, then stop by Waterloo Records, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Austin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bay City to Austin in 3 hours. In July in Austin, expect temperatures between 98°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 8th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Antonio sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

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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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Antonio to Los Angeles by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem). The adventure continues: stop by Powell's City of Books, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portland tour planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Portland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Schreiner's Iris Gardens ©
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

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Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 16th (Tue), admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mason City trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland to Mason City. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Mason City. July in Mason City sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and then admire all the interesting features of Principal Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mason City to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mason City in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Des Moines, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Principal Park ©
Principal Park

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