23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull), 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take in the pleasant sights at The High Line, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, and explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New York City day trip website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

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

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To find out how to plan a trip to Philadelphia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then try your luck at Seneca Niagara Casino, then stop by Three Sisters Trading Post, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls tour builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Niagara Falls at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Observation Tower ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower

2
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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 7th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then get engrossed in the history at Senator John Heinz History Center, and finally wander the streets of The Strip District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of PNC Park, admire all the interesting features of Heinz Field, then pause for some photo ops at Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh route tool .

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Pittsburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
PNC Park ©
PNC Park

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.
On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

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

Getting from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Pittsburgh, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 104°F to lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are cooler (83°F), and nights are slightly colder (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Swanton Berry Farm, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 73°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Swanton Berry Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Swanton Berry Farm ©
Swanton Berry Farm

3
nights
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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire all the interesting features of Oracle Park, and make a trip to Book Passage.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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