31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

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

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, don't miss a visit to Times Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City online tour itinerary planner .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
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.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are cooler (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow 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 Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
nights
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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, and shop like a local with The Strip.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip maker .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, and take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

4
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in May since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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