20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Muscat

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. On the next day, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip website .

Houston to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Seattle is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Houston in August, things will get slightly colder in Seattle: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, get great views at Washburn Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Mon), take a stroll through The Strip, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 45°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 21st (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park route planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 24°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 23rd (Fri), engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire all the interesting features of Millennium Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Chicago hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Side Trip

National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and FAO Schwarz. Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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

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