26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
Key West
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. We've included these beaches for you: Kailua Beach Park and Kapiolani Regional Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip builder app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Honolulu is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Riyadh to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Honolulu to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Twin Peaks and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Getting from Honolulu to San Francisco by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
North Dome ©
North Dome

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planner.

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 taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hermit's Rest and Tusayan Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yavapai Geology Museum. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, head outdoors with Shoshone Point, get great views at Moran Point, and admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Teton and Lehardy's Rapids. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, trek along Elephant Back Mountain, and take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from -5°C by day to -20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

1
night
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Honda State Park and then identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Key West trip tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Key West in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Key West due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January; daily highs in Key West reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Key West to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Key West in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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