36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Cleveland
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h
10
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
New York City
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chennai

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: stroll through China Beach, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary site .

Chennai, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visit Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at El Dorado Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Pope Beach, stroll through Lakeside Beach, admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

3
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Taft Point will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

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

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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation planner.

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 taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Visit Black's Beach and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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 the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, shop like a local with The Strip, and enjoy some diversion at Las Vegas Shooting Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Aspen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in October, with highs in Aspen at 18°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and then explore the activities along Lake Erie Bluffs. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Main Street Beach and then kick back and relax at Lakeview Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cleveland tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Cleveland takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Aspen to Cleveland is 2 hours. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect much hotter with lows of 12°C in Cleveland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Lake Erie Bluffs, Main Street Beach, Lakeview Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Erie Bluffs ©
Lake Erie Bluffs
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm ©
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Lakeview Park ©
Lakeview Park

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Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Cape May Bird Observatory and then kick back and relax at Ventnor City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through North Wildwood Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Harbor Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape May travel route planner .

Getting from Cleveland to Cape May by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Cape May are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ventnor City Beach, Cape May Bird Observatory, North Wildwood Beach, Stone Harbor Point
Highlights from your plan
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Bird Observatory ©
Cape May Bird Observatory
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Tribeca Sailing and The Pond. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and make a trip to Times Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read New York City online holiday maker .

You can drive from Cape May to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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