42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Boston
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
10
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
End: Houston


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6
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planner .

Houston to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and China Beach. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Thu) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco journey planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then explore and take pictures at Independence Pass.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen online trip maker .

You can fly from San Francisco to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Aspen is 1 hour. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Canon City itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Bring the kids along to Carousel of Happiness and Hallett Peak. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park with an excursion to Flatirons in Boulder--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, get great views at Milner Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Canon City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, Carousel of Happiness, Flatirons
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Arcade Amusements, Inc
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Wrigley Field and Navy Pier will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, test your problem-solving skills at Fox in a Box Chicago, and examine the collection at The Field Museum.

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You can fly from Colorado Springs to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to Chicago is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

6
nights
Boston

Boston ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Herring Cove Beach and Museum of Fine Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Head of the Meadow Beach (in Truro), Provincetown (Long Point, Race Point Beach, & more) and Plymouth (Plymouth Rock & Brewster Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Fenway Park, examine the collection at Heritage Museums & Gardens, explore the activities along Cape Cod Canal, and stop by Brookline Booksmith.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boston trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Boston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Boston sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Provincetown, Sandwich, Plymouth, Cape Cod Canal, Head of the Meadow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Herring Cove Beach ©
Herring Cove Beach
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park

8
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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bronx Zoo in Bronx--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City holiday site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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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