38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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Boston
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Charlotte
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Flagstaff
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Boston

— 4 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Putter's Paradise, The Lawn On D, The Revolutionary Story Tour, and other attractions. Attractions like Boston Children's Museum and Edward Gorey House make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises in Barnstable (about 1h 20 min away).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boston trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Boston is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Boston to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

New York City

— 3 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.
You've now added Coney Island to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Top of the Rock will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, take a stroll through Times Square, and go for a walk through The High Line.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City visit planning app.

You can fly from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in New York City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Kids will enjoy Old Windmill Farm and Wissahickon Valley Park. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Sea Isle City Historical Museum (in Sea Isle City), Ocean City (Pirate Adventures & Speed Boats Tours) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

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.
Kids will enjoy National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at White House.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC travel route builder.

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have fun and explore at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, then examine the collection at Levine Museum of the New South, and then explore the engaging exhibits at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Washington DC to Charlotte by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. September in Charlotte sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Memphis

— 1 night

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 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Graceland, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then make a trip to Beale Street.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then make a trip to Top O'Hill Terrace.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dallas online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Corrales Bosque, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, things will get a bit cooler in Albuquerque: highs are around 33°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Tours · Museums
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 20th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phoenix trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Phoenix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, things will get a bit warmer in Phoenix: highs are around 43°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours

Flagstaff

— 1 night

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 21st (Tue), Head underground at Lava River Cave, stop by Babbitt's Backcountry, and then take in the awesome beauty at Humphrey's Peak.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Flagstaff route planning tool.

You can drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect Flagstaff to be colder, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Family-friendly places like Fountains of Bellagio and DISCOVERY Children's Museum will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from Flagstaff to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Flagstaff to Las Vegas. When traveling from Flagstaff in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Baldwin Beach. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Tahoe City and see Commons Beach Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip builder tool.

Fly from Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect South Lake Tahoe to be colder, temps between 26°C and 4°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route builder site.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Edelweiss Chocolate Factory, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, then see the interesting displays at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, then get your bearings at Paley Center for Media, then make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and finally take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Radiator Springs Racers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, and examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online tour itinerary maker.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Childrens Museums

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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.