53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Jose
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
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San Diego
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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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker website.

Gatlinburg to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Philadelphia.
Museums · Parks

Philadelphia — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Philadelphia with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Franklin Square, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia travel route planning app.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for New York City.
Museums · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips

New York City — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), stroll through The High Line, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: highs in New York City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Chicago.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

Make your Chicago itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from New York City to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Keystone.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Side Trip

Keystone — 4 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Sylvan Lake). Pack the 5th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hike along Presidential Trail, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Keystone takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Keystone to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.
Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Las Vegas — 5 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at New York New York Casino, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Keystone to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Keystone in June; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 46°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mammoth Lakes.
Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping
Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes — 2 nights

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes travel route website.

Getting from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, things will get colder in Mammoth Lakes: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
On the 16th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). You will leave for San Jose on the 21st (Tue).
Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mystery Spot as well as Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in June: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and other attractions you added. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally stop by Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online travel route planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Big Sur.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Point Sur State Historic Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Piedras Blancas as well as San Simeon Pier. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Big Sur in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hans Christian Andersen Park as well as Visitor Center. On the 25th (Sat), make a trip to Visitor Center, then look for gifts at Jule Hus, and then stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Solvang trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Solvang, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.
Shopping · Parks

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casa del Herrero, Funk Zone and Santa Barbara Trolley Tours. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara route website.

Drive from Solvang to Santa Barbara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in June, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Hollywood Sign, OUE Skyspace LA, Boardner's, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anaheim.
Theme Parks · Nightlife · Tours · Shopping
Side Trips

Anaheim — 3 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Anaheim sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.
Theme Parks

San Diego — 4 nights

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Whaley House Museum as well as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.