48 days in Continental USA Itinerary

48 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC travel route planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 24th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and get great views at Grandview Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Casino at the MGM Grand, explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas vacation builder.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 45°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Lembert Dome, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Coit Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Anchorage

— 4 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Kincaid Park, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, steep yourself in history at Oscar Anderson House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Anchorage takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally walk around Olympic Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Seattle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Anchorage in September, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning site.

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, and take in breathtaking views at Cascade Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

New York City

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, get great views at Top of the Rock, wander the streets of Times Square, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planning app.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to New York City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, you will find days in New York City are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors