36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Houston
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
10
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Washington DC
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Diego

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip generator.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Chicago is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

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

2
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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Tattered Cover Book Store, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver vacation builder.

Fly from Chicago to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at The Exploratorium, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and make a trip to Hollywood Sign.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, explore and take pictures at Petco Park, and have fun at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

3
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 to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Austin.

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

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Austin vacation trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Austin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

few
hours
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Houston custom trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to Houston in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to New Orleans.
Highlights from your plan
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park

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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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans itinerary planner.

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Houston, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy some music at The Peabody Memphis. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio., and finally don't miss a visit to Graceland.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Memphis vacation planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Memphis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in August: highs in Memphis hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nashville itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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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.
Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

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