22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  26​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  12​h 15​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Seattle is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cape Town to Seattle due to the time zone difference. In July, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by combination of flight and subway takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Seattle in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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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 1st (Thu): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally hike along Wawona Meadow. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 5th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC online visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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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, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the New York City online visit planner .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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