36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
6
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
10
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip planner .

Washington DC to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 101°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and California Science Center. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of SoMa, shop like a local with Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Find out how to plan Honolulu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. The adventure continues: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, and trek along Second Beach Trail.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honolulu to Olympic National Park. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Honolulu in August, plan for little chillier days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seattle vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Get in touch with nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Highline Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park online trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hayden Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Glacier National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read New York City day trip site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City is 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in New York City are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are warmer (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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

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