36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
8
Minneapolis
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
9
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Denver

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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 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, then take a stroll around Dairy Arts Center, and then make a trip to Pearl Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online attractions planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally look for gifts at Kakawa Chocolate House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Santa Fe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Fe can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Kakawa Chocolate House ©
Kakawa Chocolate House

4
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Mission Beach Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel route planning site .

Getting from Santa Fe to San Diego by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We've included these beaches for you: Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and stroll through Del Monte Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Monterey reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Panorama Trail, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

5
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fort Funston National Park and Exploratorium. We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, stop by City Lights Booksellers, and stroll through Baker Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Family-friendly places like Hayden Valley and Gibbon Falls will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Artist Point and Old Faithful. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Yellowstone National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): hike along Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, then grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, and then browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis road trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Minneapolis in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Minneapolis. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Minneapolis hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mall of America, Elm Creek Singletrack Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Elm Creek Singletrack Trail ©
Elm Creek Singletrack Trail
Mill Ruins Park ©
Mill Ruins Park

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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 explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, and steep yourself in history at Ellis Island.

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Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to New York City is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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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 the city life by going to National Zoological Park and Tidal Basin. Attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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