20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Subway + Bus:  7​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4​h 15​min
8
Jersey City
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Newark

1
day
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 6th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker app .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. September in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Zuma Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Hollywood road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to West Hollywood in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in West Hollywood dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach, Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take a stroll through The Strip, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas journey builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from West Hollywood to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Hollywood in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 15th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, then steep yourself in history at Texas State Capitol, and finally take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, then identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with South Congress Avenue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Austin trip planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to Austin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to Austin, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Austin, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Whihala Beach Co Park and Kathy Osterman Beach. Get outdoors at Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm and Lincoln Park Zoo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chicago travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Austin to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in September, with highs in Chicago at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jersey City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest, Whihala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whihala Beach ©
Whihala Beach
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Kathy Osterman Beach ©
Kathy Osterman Beach

4
nights
Jersey City

Jersey City ©
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Cupsogue Beach County Park and Bronx Zoo. You'll get in some beach time at Belmar Beach and Ocean Grove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jersey City: Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum), Yankee Stadium (in Bronx) and Asbury Park Boardwalk (in Asbury Park). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Dingmans Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, pause for some photo ops at Tear Drop Memorial, and go for a walk through Hoboken Waterfront Walkway.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jersey City online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Chicago to Jersey City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bronx, Hyde Park, Ocean Grove Beach, Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, Cupsogue Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Cupsogue Beach County Park ©
Cupsogue Beach County Park

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