35 days in United States Itinerary

35 days in United States Itinerary

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35 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
10
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: New York City


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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sam's Point Preserve and Orange County Arboretum. Get in touch with nature at Black Creek Preserve and Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Hawk's Nest Highway (in Port Jervis), Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve (in Milford) and T.R. Gallo West Strand Park (in Kingston). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip maker website .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. June in New York City sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sam's Point Preserve, Black Creek Preserve, Orange County Arboretum, Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve, Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ©
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Street and St. Louis Cathedral. Garden District and Whitney Plantation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, steep yourself in history at Destrehan Plantation, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Frenchmen Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Destrehan Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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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.
Visiting Bright Angel Trail and Navajo Bridge will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like South Kaibab Trail and Lookout Studio. When in Grand Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway in Marble Canyon, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect cooler with lows of 6°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

3
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Counts Kustoms. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Mob Museum and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 46°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Third Street Promenade and Camarillo Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and view the masterpieces at Mrs. Fish.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oceanside, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Panorama Trail. Spend the 22nd (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: trek along Four Mile Trail, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and finally take a stroll through Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel tour planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum and then get curious at Exploratorium.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then take in the dramatic natural features at Oneonta Gorge, then admire the striking features of Vista House, and finally take a peaceful walk through Camassia Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and then browse the fresh offerings at Esther Short Park.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Portland, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Vancouver, Vista House, Oneonta Gorge, Camassia Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Esther Short Park ©
Esther Short Park
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then hike along Artist Point. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Portland to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in June, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are cooler (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Michigan City Beach, do a tasting at Butler Winery, and then hike along Cowles Bog. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park, then do a tasting at Running Vines Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Chesterton, Michigan City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog

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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 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then steep yourself in history at Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy, and then explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Old Town, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, U.S. Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

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