21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Subway + Bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Austin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Niagara Falls
— Few hours
Bus + Fly:  5​h
9
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Washington DC
— 1 day
Train:  3​h
11
Jersey City
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
End: Newark

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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 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

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 colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time 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

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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 6th (Thu): try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. In September in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Rockaway Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, 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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through 26-Mile Bike Path, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read West Hollywood trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to West Hollywood by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in West Hollywood, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Strip, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from West Hollywood to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from West Hollywood in September, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

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night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): wander the streets of South Congress Avenue, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, and finally make a trip to 6th Street.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Austin trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Las Vegas to Austin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Austin due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Austin are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
6th Street ©
6th Street

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): experience rural life at Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, and then kick back and relax at Whihala Beach Co Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Austin to Chicago takes 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 78°F and lows at 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Events Outdoors

Side Trips

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest, Whihala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whihala Beach ©
Whihala Beach
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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hours
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 19th (Wed), Head underground at Cave of the Winds and then try to win big at Seneca Niagara Casino.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Niagara Falls trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Niagara Falls in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Niagara Falls is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Niagara Falls, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Fun & Games Casinos Nature
Highlights from your plan
Seneca Niagara Casino ©
Seneca Niagara Casino
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): wander the streets of Carnegie Hill, go for a walk through Central Park, and then explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: choose your vessel at Narwhal Yacht Charters, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, and then wander the streets of Fifth Avenue.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New York City holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Niagara Falls in September, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then wander the streets of Old Town, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at National Zoological Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planning site .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Jersey City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Old Town
Highlights from your plan
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Old Town ©
Old Town
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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Jersey City

Jersey City ©
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bronx Zoo and then admire the majestic nature at Liberty State Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Grove Beach, then take in the waterfront at Belmar Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Asbury Park Boardwalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jersey City trip maker website .

Take a train from Washington DC to Jersey City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean Grove Beach, Bronx Zoo, Belmar Beach, Asbury Park Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Belmar Beach ©
Belmar Beach

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