28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Miami
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
You'll get in some beach time at Baldwin Beach and Pope Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kiva Beach and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, and step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online trip builder .

Philadelphia to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point, trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Supai.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Civic Center. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Exploratorium, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, make a trip to Lombard Street, and view the masterpieces at Xanadu Gallery (V. C. Morris Gift Shop).

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning site .

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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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 outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do your shopping at Amoeba Music and Third Street Promenade. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: browse the different shops at The Grove and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Head to Waterloo Records and Barn Potteryfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge Caverns and Barton Springs Pool. There's lots more to do: trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and admire the striking features of The Driskill.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Austin driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Austin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Austin due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Austin at 43°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barn Pottery, Natural Bridge Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Shop till you drop at The Mall at Millenia and Disney Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Discovery Cove and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 4th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando online itinerary planner .

Getting from Austin to Orlando by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in August: highs in Orlando hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The Mall at Millenia ©
The Mall at Millenia

5
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Relax by the water at South Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. For shopping fun, head to Aventura Mall or Sawgrass Mills. When in Miami, make a side trip to see Shark Valley in Everglades National Park, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Road, stop by Cuban Crafters Cigars, buy something for everyone on your list at Dolphin Mall, and have fun at Lock & Load Miami.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Miami online road trip planner .

Fly from Orlando to Miami in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Miami are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Shark Valley, Sawgrass Mills, Aventura Mall
Highlights from your plan
Bayside Marketplace ©
Bayside Marketplace
Shark Valley ©
Shark Valley
South Beach ©
South Beach

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