20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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New York City
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New Orleans
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New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and Brooklyn Heights Promenade for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill), Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (in Hyde Park) and Philadelphia (Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of The Met Cloisters, see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, wander the streets of Times Square, and explore the world behind art at Frick Collection.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in New York City reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Dinosaur World (in Cave City), Historic RailPark & Train Museum (in Bowling Green) and McGavock Confederate Cemetery (in Franklin). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Patsy Cline Museum, take an in-depth tour of Oaklands Mansion, and get answers to all your questions at Stones River National Battlefield.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Whitney Plantation and Evergreen Plantation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden District and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie), Baton Rouge (USS Kidd, Louisiana's Old State Capitol, &more) and Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site (in Saint Francisville). The adventure continues: get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Global Wildlife Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to New Orleans by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nashville in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & California State Capitol Museum) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Fort Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from New Orleans to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), 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 a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.