25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Austin

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.
Visiting Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Washington National Cathedral and National Mall. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Georgetown University, and get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC journey planner.

Austin to Washington DC is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in October, expect Washington DC to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arlington
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Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then steep yourself in history at Independence National Historical Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia visit planner .

Take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island are in your itinerary. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bronx Zoo in Bronx--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in New York City are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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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

3
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Old Fort Niagara, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Niagara Falls by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get a bit cooler in Niagara Falls: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Buffalo, Old Fort Niagara
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 22nd (Mon), learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and then look for gifts at Christmas Village Store.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planning site .

Getting from Niagara Falls to Rapid City by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Rapid City. Expect little chillier evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Niagara Falls in October, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Christmas Village Store ©
Christmas Village Store

4
nights
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.
Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, hike along Artist Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rapid City in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 9°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough 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
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hermit's Rest and Yavapai Geology Museum. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and explore the ancient world of Tusayan Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In October, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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