26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hallett Nature Sanctuary and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Kids will enjoy The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Times Square, grab your bike and head to East River Waterfront Esplanade, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and shop like a local with Fifth Avenue.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City holiday planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, expect nights in New York City to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
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.
Kids will enjoy National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at Newseum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

6
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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and LA Farmers' Marketfor some retail therapy. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Getty Center and Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, walk around Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, browse the different shops at The Grove, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, kick back and relax at Kathy Osterman Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

For maps and more tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Chicago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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