31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Friday Harbor
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h
5
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  20​h
10
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
11
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
13
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park and then identify plant and animal life at Bloedel Reserve. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then don't miss a visit to Seattle Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and finally take a stroll through Pioneer Square.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In July in Seattle, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bloedel Reserve
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 28th (Sat), trek along Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail ©
Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail

1
night
Friday Harbor

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Friday Harbor in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 31st (Tue), you're off toOlympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Sol Duc Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Olympic Peninsula and then cruise along Hurricane Ridge.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park visit planner .

Fly from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Sol Duc Hot Springs ©
Sol Duc Hot Springs
Olympic Peninsula ©
Olympic Peninsula

3
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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 2nd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Vista House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Oregon Garden, immerse yourself in nature at Silver Falls State Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portland vacation planner .

Getting from Olympic National Park to Portland by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Portland is somewhat warmer than Olympic National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Oregon Garden, Silver Falls State Park, Mount Hood, Vista House
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Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood

1
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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cannon Beach itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Portland to Cannon Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, Cannon Beach is slightly colder than Portland - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Mon), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get much hotter in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 46°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goldwell Open Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Goldwell Open Air Museum ©
Goldwell Open Air Museum

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip tool .

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Carmel in 20 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are cooler (24°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur sightseeing site .

Getting from Carmel to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, identify plant and animal life at Santa Monica Mountains, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Visit Jenkinson's Boardwalk and Gateway National Recreation for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cattus Island County Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, explore the galleries of Ellis Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New York City day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in New York City dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Cattus Island County Park, Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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