28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Austin
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Raleigh
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Atlanta
— 3 nights
End: Atlanta

1
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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Rose Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Gatos Creek Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder app .

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Municipal Rose Garden ©
Municipal Rose Garden
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House

3
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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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles planning tool .

You can fly from San Jose to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online tour builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), trek along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get great views at Mather Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.

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
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore and take pictures at Chase Field, then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Heard Museum.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Phoenix at 49°C and lows at 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: San Antonio (Natural Bridge Caverns & SeaWorld San Antonio). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Austin, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, and trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary website .

Fly from Phoenix to Austin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix to Austin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Austin is little chillier than Phoenix - with highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns
SeaWorld San Antonio ©
SeaWorld San Antonio

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Austin to Niagara Falls in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in July, with highs in Niagara Falls at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls Observation Tower ©
Niagara Falls Observation Tower

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock and then admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New York City journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in July, New York City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock ©
Top of the Rock

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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 10th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Washington DC

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

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Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at North Carolina State Capitol, explore the engaging exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum, explore and take pictures at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Washington DC to Raleigh by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Raleigh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Durham
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 14th (Sun), see human ingenuity at work at Fontana Dam & Visitors Center and then admire the sheer force of Indian Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mingus Mill, then trek along Collins Creek Picnic Area, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataloochee Valley.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fontana Dam & Visitors Center ©
Fontana Dam & Visitors Center
Indian Creek Falls ©
Indian Creek Falls
Mingus Mill ©
Mingus Mill

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Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, and then find something for the whole family at SKYVIEW Atlanta. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Atlanta itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Atlanta. In July in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

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