26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  20​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
New York City
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Hanoi

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): enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Seattle is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Hanoi to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping 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: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Lembert Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online route builder .

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, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, get great views at Lipan Point, and hike along North Kaibab Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough 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 3rd (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Strip and then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip site .

You can 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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time 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 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough 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
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
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 8th (Mon): meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online trip itinerary builder .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Chicago, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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 10th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at White House, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Washington DC travel route planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to 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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: highs in Washington DC hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time 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: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New York City itinerary site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for 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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