36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  12​h
8
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Eastham
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary builder .

Valletta, Malta to Seattle is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Valletta in July, with highs in Seattle at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
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 20th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and hike along Artist Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, get curious at Exploratorium, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

4
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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nicholas Canyon Beach, Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then shop like a local with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. On the 5th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along North Kaibab Trail, take in a show at Hopi House, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online route planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
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 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at National Zoological Park, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC is 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bloomery Plantation Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Bloomery Plantation Distillery ©
Bloomery Plantation Distillery
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City travel planner .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Eastham.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

3
nights
Eastham

Eastham ©
Eastham is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, Barnstable County being coextensive with Cape Cod. Relax by the water at Cape Cod National Seashore and Corn Hill Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and First Encounter Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nauset Beach, kick back and relax at Chatham Lighthouse Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Salt Pond Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Eastham online route planner .

Getting from New York City to Eastham by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, Eastham is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eastham

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chatham, Cape Cod National Seashore, Nauset Beach, Corn Hill Beach, Marconi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Nauset Beach ©
Nauset Beach
Coast Guard Beach ©
Coast Guard Beach

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