30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Get some cultural insight at 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Bring the kids along to Central Park and American Museum of Natural History. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Fifth Avenue.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip maker site .

Brussels, Belgium to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to New York City is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: high temperatures in New York City hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

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.
National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Art and The National Archives Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip maker tool .

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Discovery Cove and Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and take in a show at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Orlando online vacation maker .

Fly from Washington DC to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Orlando, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then wander the streets of Garden District, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, then examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and finally take a stroll through Royal Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Orlando to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Orlando in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Visit Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum for their historical value. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, hike along Four Mile Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at USS Pampanito.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner.

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. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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