49 days in United States Itinerary

49 days in United States Itinerary

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49 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  21​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+6
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus + Train + Taxi + Bus:  11​h 30​min
9
Astoria
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
10
Washburn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Jamestown
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  14​h
12
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
14
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Park, Empire State Building, Broadway, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder app .

Cape Town, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in August, expect nights in New York City to be much hotter, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

4
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Art Market and Royal Street. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden District and Whitney Plantation. Get some historical perspective at St. Louis Cathedral and Hermann-Grima House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom), Mike the Tiger Habitat (in Baton Rouge) and Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum (in Covington). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and make a trip to Jackson Square.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mike the Tiger Habitat, Whitney Plantation, Destrehan Plantation, Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum, Global Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 28th (Wed), examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, explore and take pictures at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards, and finally steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum and then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville travel route planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Nashville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Arrington Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, get great views at Lookout Studio, then get great views at Powell Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and finally get great views at Navajo Point.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nashville to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nashville in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

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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.
The Getty Center and Japanese American National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, steep yourself in history at Hollyhock House, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oceanside, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Old Town Temecula, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a tour of USS Pampanito, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
California State Railroad Museum ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to June Lake to see June Lake Brewing about 50 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online day 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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

June Lake Brewing, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get some cultural insight at Uncle Tom's Trail and Cooke City Montana Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lamar Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and explore the striking landscape of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park vacation builder app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cooke City Montana Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience, kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Astoria Column. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, and then trek along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Astoria road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Astoria takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Astoria is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Astoria: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Washburn.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

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Washburn

Washburn ©
Washburn is a city in McLean County, North Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Cross Ranch State Park, then contemplate the long history of Fort Mandan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Washburn fast, fun, and easy.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Astoria to Washburn. Traveling from Astoria to Washburn, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Astoria in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Washburn, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Washburn

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cross Ranch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park
Fort Mandan ©
Fort Mandan

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Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum and then see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jamestown road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Washburn to Jamestown takes 2.5 hours. September in Jamestown sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Stutsman County Memorial Museum ©
Stutsman County Memorial Museum
National Buffalo Museum ©
National Buffalo Museum

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and then take a peaceful walk through Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tifft Nature Preserve, then identify plant and animal life at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jamestown to Niagara Falls. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Jamestown in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Niagara Falls, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Tifft Nature Preserve, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Independence Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hagley Museum and Library, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Philadelphia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Philadelphia, with lows around 20°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hagley Museum and Library, Brandywine River Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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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.
You've now added Garden of the Gods to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions planning website .

You can fly from Philadelphia to Colorado Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 4°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canon City, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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