22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA route planner

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New York City
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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New York City

— 3 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

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Leeds, UK to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Leeds in June, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) 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.
On the 25th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at White House, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

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Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Nature · Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 27th (Sat), make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, then hike along Alum Cave Trail, and finally explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road.

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Getting from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, engage your brain at Field Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally stroll around Millennium Park. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and finally admire the striking features of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

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Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Chicago, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): trek along Storm Point Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

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You can fly from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 3rd (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

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Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): walk around Golden Gate Park, get curious at Exploratorium, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, cruise along Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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 8th (Wed): put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 10th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, and then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip