38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Djibouti
Drive + Fly:  29​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
New York City
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: Djibouti

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.
On the 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary builder website .

Djibouti, Djibouti to Seattle is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Djibouti in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by combination of flight and subway takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, trek along Rim Trail, and admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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

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.
On the 10th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and take a memorable drive along Virginia Cascade Drive.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and see the interesting displays at The Field Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago takes 7 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 Chicago is 1 hour. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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

3
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. September in Washington DC sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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