26 days in Continental USA Itinerary

26 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Train:  30 min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  3 h 15 min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Newark

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Brooklyn Heights Promenade and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and stroll through Washington Square Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City online visit planner.

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, ponder the world of politics at Smithsonian Institution Building, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally appreciate the history behind Washington Monument. On the next day, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, and then take in nature's colorful creations at U.S. National Arboretum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip builder.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by combination of flight and subway takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Washington DC are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Capitol Hill ©
Capitol Hill

1
night
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 3rd (Fri), have fun at Gun Garage, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and then make a trip to The Strip.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel route builder app.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 104°F and lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Point Imperial Drive. Step off the beaten path and head to South Kaibab Trail and Inner Canyon. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Hermit Road, get great views at Yaki Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and stroll around Indian Garden.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail

2
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.
On the 8th (Wed), get lost in a book at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Panorama Trail, get great views at Valley View, stroll through Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect much colder with lows of 46°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, get interesting insight from Tours, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Lands End ©
Lands End

1
night
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, then take in the awesome beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and finally stroll through Hermitage Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be a bit cooler, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lone Star Geyser and Uncle Tom's Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, and head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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