40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  26​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  12​h
8
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
10
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
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.
Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Seahurst Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square, and admire the landmark architecture of King Street Station.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Seattle is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Seattle, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Honolulu takes 8 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in June: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and then shop like a local with Union Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, San Francisco is slightly colder than Honolulu - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography, and admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
Let the collections at The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Hoover Dam (in Boulder City), Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston) and Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, push the limits with an extreme tour, and try your luck at The Cosmopolitan Casino.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 32°C, while days are much warmer, around 47°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Visiting Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, and then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect much hotter with lows of 26°C in Washington DC. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

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

4
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.
Visit Cupsogue Beach County Park and Lido Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Bronx Zoo and Point Lookout Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Times Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallett Nature Sanctuary, get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planner .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lido Beach, Bronx Zoo, Cupsogue Beach County Park, Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach, Point Lookout Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, then meet the residents at Audubon Zoo, and finally take a stroll through Garden District. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and then hunt for treasures at Frenchmen Street.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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