26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Boston
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Let the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip tool.

Mumbai, India to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 13.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park attractions site.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hollywood Walk of Fame and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Newport Beach and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then stroll through Lakefront Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, then examine the collection at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and finally walk around Millennium Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Chicago takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Chicago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Boston

— 3 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Public Garden. Appreciate the collections at Old State House and Boston Children's Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, get some jogging in at Charles River Esplanade, step off the mainland to explore Castle Island, and take a stroll through Back Bay.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Boston trip maker app.

Getting from Chicago to Boston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Popular historic sites such as Smithsonian Institution Building and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Phillips Collection, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at U.S. National Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Boston to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in May, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Met Cloisters and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.