26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, cruise along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, museums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg itinerary planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Gatlinburg by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Gatlinburg. In October, Gatlinburg is much hotter than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 27°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Washington DC by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

4
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City holiday planner .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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