46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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New York City
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, shop like a local with Union Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planning app.

Zagreb, Croatia to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zagreb in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove), Monterey (Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, 17-Mile Drive, &more) and Carmel (Scenic Road Walkway & Point Lobos). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and cruise along West Cliff Drive.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica), Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disneyland Park, &more). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at Circle 6 Studios, then see Off-Road Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, and then awaken your taste buds at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 33°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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 17th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque online trip planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in August, things will get little chillier in Albuquerque: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your trip

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and trek along Dorothy Stewart Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Dallas.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then get outside with Texas Greenbelt Trinity River Trail.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dallas trip builder.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Dallas, with highs around 41°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & Grape Creek Vineyards on Main) and San Antonio (The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Texas Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Austin trip planner.

You can fly from Dallas to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Austin are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Houston trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Houston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Houston, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites

New Orleans

— 3 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and surround yourself with nature on Happiness Bayou Tours.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planning website.

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Houston in August, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, explore the world behind art at Booth Western Art Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pine Mountain Recreation Area.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Atlanta online travel planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Atlanta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Atlanta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in August: highs in Atlanta hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Nashville

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): engage your brain at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with YMCA Downtown Nashville, then sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Smith Creek Moonshine, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planner.

You can fly from Atlanta to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 4 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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC road trip site.

You can fly from Nashville to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Washington DC sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Philadelphia

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Hagley Museum And Library (in Wilmington). There's lots more to do: stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, examine the collection at The Franklin Institute, appreciate the history behind Joan of Arc Statue, and explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

New York City

— 4 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and walk around The High Line.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder site.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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.