20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  32​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Cape Town

4
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at American Museum of Natural History and New York Public Library. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City sightseeing planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to New York City is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in May since evenings lows in New York City dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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 19th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art and then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Washington DC vacation planner.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
The National Archives Museum ©
The National Archives Museum

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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 (Sun): look for gifts at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, enjoy live theater at Bellagio Fountains, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes. On the next day, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

4
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.
Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Bright Angel Trail and Canyon Village Marketplace. It doesn't end there: trek along South Kaibab Trail and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in May, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 23°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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 26th (Fri), look for gifts at Amoeba Music. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Getty Center Publications, wander the streets of Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishersfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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