26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
New York City
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a stroll through Pike Place Market and then look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle holiday maker site .

Newark to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in September; daily highs in Seattle reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of SoMa, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
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 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail, and hike along Rim Trail.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to 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

2
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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Bellagio Fountains, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
On the 7th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 47°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, then make a trip to Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chicago journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, you will find days in Chicago are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are much hotter (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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 11th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at White House, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip tool .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
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: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in New York City sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car 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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