26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
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New York City
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
10
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

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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.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary maker app .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toNiagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Nightlife Parks Tours

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
When in Niagara Falls, make a side trip to see The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, make a trip to Old Falls Street, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get slightly colder in Niagara Falls: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, The Strong National Museum of Play
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

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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.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Niagara Falls to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Niagara Falls in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, things will get a bit warmer in Aspen: highs are around 1°C and lows about -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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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 (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 25th (Wed), cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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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 27th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 16°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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 28th (Sat), look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 9°C and -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Park City (Park City Mountain Resort & Deer Valley Resort). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, explore the galleries of Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Salt Lake City are slightly colder (4°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (-5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Park City
Highlights from your plan
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Room Escape Games
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in January, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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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 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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