20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

5
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.
Get outdoors at Bushkill Falls and Speed Boats Tours. Appreciate the collections at 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. Venture out of the city with trips to Philadelphia (Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall, & more) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Bushkill Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Historic RailPark and Train Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Murfreesboro (Oaklands Mansion & Stones River National Battlefield), Dinosaur World (in Cave City) and McGavock Confederate Cemetery (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at The George Jones, and admire all the interesting features of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nashville journey planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Murfreesboro, Franklin, Dinosaur World, Historic RailPark & Train Museum
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Garden District and Evergreen Plantation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Whitney Plantation and USS Kidd. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Baton Rouge (Louisiana's Old State Capitol & Capitol Park Museum), Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site (in Saint Francisville) and St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie). There's still lots to do: get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, and identify plant and animal life at Global Wildlife Center.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans day trip planner.

You can fly from Nashville to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Baton Rouge, Global Wildlife Center, Whitney Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and de Young Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & California State Capitol Museum) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and hike along Lands End.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online route planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be colder, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento, Muir Woods National Monument, VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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