25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
car:  13​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
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.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Ocean Grove Beach (in Ocean Grove) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. In August, New York City is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ocean Grove Beach, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Highland Park (Rosewood Beach & Prairie Wolf Slough) and Volo Bog State Natural Area (in Ingleside). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highland Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then hike along Presidential Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone holiday builder website .

You can drive from Orlando to Keystone in 32 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Orlando to Keystone, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Orlando in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Keystone: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
day
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 22nd (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online holiday maker .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Keystone in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 24°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then get engrossed in the history at Bright Angel History Room, and finally explore the galleries of Tusayan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip website .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 31°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): engage your brain at Exploratorium, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at China Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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