26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: London


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2
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.
Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online route maker .

London, UK to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In December, Yellowstone National Park is colder than London - with highs of -5°C and lows of -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Discover how to plan a Yosemite National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are much colder (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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.
On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas tour planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Las Vegas to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder City
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and then Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in San Antonio are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Step out of Austin with an excursion to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, and admire all the interesting features of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Austin travel route site .

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and finally take a stroll through Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Arcadian Books, make a trip to French Quarter, and then make a trip to Jackson Square.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our New Orleans tour planning website .

Fly from Austin to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nashville sightseeing planner .

You can fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, take an in-depth tour of Newseum, ponder the world of politics at White House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Washington DC by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. January in Washington DC sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Horseshoe Casino, Gettysburg National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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