25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Columbus
— 1 night
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 1 night
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Houston
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bay Head Beach in Bay Head--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the world behind art at Frick Collection.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our New York City road trip website.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in New York City at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Independence Hall.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia day trip planning website.

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Washington DC

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC travel planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Nationality Rooms, steep yourself in history at Heinz Memorial Chapel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Anthony Chapel, then examine the collection at Randyland, and finally browse the collection at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pittsburgh journey builder app.

You can drive from Washington DC to Pittsburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, Pittsburgh is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Columbus

— 1 night

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Columbus road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Trails

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Scottish Rite Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Indianapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 9th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary planner.

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Myseum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, then see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Saint Louis hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Memphis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and finally contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Memphis vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint Louis to Memphis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Memphis, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 1 night

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans online day trip planner.

Fly from Memphis to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Memphis in July, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 31°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Fun & Games

Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, and finally engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Houston day trip planning site.

You can drive from New Orleans to Houston in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Houston: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Houston to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Dallas

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at 99s Museum of Women Pilots, explore the world behind art at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Oklahoma City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dallas in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oklahoma City, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas and San Miguel Chapel for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Santa Fe and see Keshi, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Albuquerque Museum, examine the collection at National Hispanic Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Plan a Albuquerque trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Phoenix.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Phoenix in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in July; daily highs in Phoenix reach 48°C and lows reach 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip maker site.

Drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 47°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): engage your brain at California Science Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and finally explore the world behind art at The Broad.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.