21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
1
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Navajo Dam
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

2
nights
Sacramento

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Take a break from Sacramento with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Lotus, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento visit planning tool .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Sacramento International Airport and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): shop like a local with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Discover how to plan a Las Vegas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Navajo Dam.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Navajo Lake State Park (Pine) and then do a tasting at Wines of the San Juan.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Navajo Dam trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Las Vegas to Navajo Dam. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Navajo Dam. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Navajo Dam: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Navajo Dam

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Wines of the San Juan
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Lake State Park (Pine) ©
Navajo Lake State Park (Pine)
Wines of the San Juan ©
Wines of the San Juan

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to French Quarter, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then wander the streets of Royal Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read New Orleans sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Navajo Dam to New Orleans. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Navajo Dam to New Orleans. Traveling from Navajo Dam in October, plan for much warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

3
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 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. On the next day, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from New Orleans to Washington DC in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Washington DC. Traveling from New Orleans in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Washington DC. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 10th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Classes Nightlife

Side Trips

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ©

2
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, walk around The High Line, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New York City journey builder app .

Take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in New York City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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