27 days in Continental USA Itinerary

27 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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27 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
2
New York City
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Nashville

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): meet the residents at National Zoological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary builder site .

Nashville to Washington DC is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in April: highs in Washington DC hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Central Park and Ellis Island. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in April, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (61°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Elephant Back Mountain and Monument Geyser Basin will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Aurum Geyser and Solitary Geyser. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore and take pictures at Yellowstone Institute, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser, and look for all kinds of wild species at Beryl Spring.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in April, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, around 17°F, while days are little chillier, around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Elephant Back Mountain ©
Elephant Back Mountain

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Visiting Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 59°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at The Gregangelo Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take a stroll through The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Las Vegas at 80°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

5
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 in touch with nature at Rim Trail and Grand Canyon Village. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. On the 22nd (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, and get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in April: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, take a stroll through Royal Street, then stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, stroll through Woldenberg Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip maker app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to New Orleans by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to New Orleans. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum

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