26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  15​h
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
End: Los Angeles

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf as well as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Attractions like California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, walk around Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ©
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Capitan and Four Mile Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Washington DC takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to Washington DC. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Jefferson Memorial ©
Jefferson Memorial

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.
You've now added American Museum of Natural History to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in New York City, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

3
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Observation Tower. Change things up with a short trip to HoliMont in Ellicottville (about 1h 30 min away). There's more to do: Head underground at Cave of the Winds.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip itinerary planning app .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 0°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

HoliMont
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls Observation Tower ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Six Flags Magic Mountain as well as Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Niagara Falls in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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