38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
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Atlanta
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New Orleans
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Memphis
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Chicago
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Denver
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Times Square and 9/11 Memorial. Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Ellis Island are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville) and Ho-hum Beach (in Bellport). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary builder site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to New York City is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in September, expect New York City to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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.
On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC driving holiday app.

You can take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 3 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Chastain Park, then enjoy some music at Fox Theatre, then explore the world behind art at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and finally stroll through Centennial Olympic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, contemplate the long history of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Atlanta online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Washington DC to Atlanta in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. September in Atlanta sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks

New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
For shopping fun, head to Royal Street or Faulkner House Books. Visit Garden District and Jackson Square for their historical value. Step out of New Orleans to go to Slidell and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and make a trip to Bourbon Street.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip builder app.

You can take a train from Atlanta to New Orleans in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Graceland, then get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. On your second day here, try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pyramid Vodka, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally make a trip to Beale Street.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Memphis day trip planning app.

Take a train from New Orleans to Memphis in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Memphis. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at The Magnificent Mile and Museum of Science and Industry. Visit Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for their historical value. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Atwater Park & Beach (in Shorewood) and South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart & Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of Marquette Building, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker website.

Getting from Memphis to Chicago by train takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Memphis in September; daily highs in Chicago reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Head to Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and 16th Street Mallfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Molly Brown House Museum. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Photography Tours in Estes Park, approximately Estes Park away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Chicago to Denver in 18.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Denver. Traveling from Chicago in September, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through China Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Getting from Denver to San Francisco by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For shopping fun, head to Two Rodeo Drive or Annenberg Community Beach House. Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Montana Avenue, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

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Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.