21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and The Embarcadero. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Montara State Beach (in Montara), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Baker Beach, tee off at Lincoln Park, get great views at Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online journey planner .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Houston in March, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 64°F and lows about 50°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver road trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Denver by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in April; daily highs in Denver reach 60°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax ©
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax

3
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 4th (Wed): wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then make a trip to Millennium Park. On the next day, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, examine the collection at Swedish American Museum, and then stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel route planner.

You can fly from Denver to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

5
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.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Gateway National Recreation in Sandy Hook--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City 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 New York City is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in New York City are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, stop by Polish Art Center, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally get your game on at Midway Sports & Entertainment.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Detroit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 57°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Polish Art Center, The Henry Ford, Midway Sports & Entertainment
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum

1
night
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Lakeview Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cleveland online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Detroit to Cleveland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lakeview Park, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm ©
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Lakeview Park ©
Lakeview Park

3
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. Get in touch with nature at Cincinnati Nature Center and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark). It doesn't end there: put a fun spin on your tour with Houdini’s Room Escape.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip planner .

Fly from Cleveland to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in April, you will find days in Cincinnati are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dayton, Cincinnati Nature Center, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Jungle Jim's International Market
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve ©

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