21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 4 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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New York City

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Empire State Building. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, and make a trip to Rockefeller Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at White House, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

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

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lower Geyser Basin. There's lots more to do: trek along Lone Star Geyser, contemplate the waterfront views at Dragon's Mouth Springs, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail, and stroll through Mystic Falls Trail.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online journey planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park. In September, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 18°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Attractions like Half Dome and Tioga Pass make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.