20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Palermo, Sicily
Fly:  1​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Palermo, Sicily

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Getty Center and California Science Center. Get outdoors at Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, and get outside with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planning website .

Palermo, Italy to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lands End, explore the striking landscape of Presidio of San Francisco, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at Yavapai Point, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then kick back and relax at Montrose Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kathy Osterman Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Foster Avenue Beach, then kick back and relax at North Avenue Beach, then kick back and relax at Ohio Street Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

1
night
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a stroll through North Buffalo, enjoy the sand and surf at Times Beach Preserve, admire the masterpieces at Burchfield Penney Art Center, then brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Buffalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Buffalo due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Buffalo when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Buffalo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Burchfield Penney Art Center ©
Burchfield Penney Art Center
St Joseph's Cathedral
St Joseph's Cathedral

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Met Cloisters and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. There's lots more to do: stroll around Central Park, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder app .

You can fly from Buffalo to New York City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, New York City is somewhat warmer than Buffalo - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

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