55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

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55 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
10
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
11
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h
End: London

5
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.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library capture your imagination. Visit 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Sandy Hook to see Gateway National Recreation about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, explore the activities along Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, make a trip to Times Square, and stroll through Central Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read New York City vacation builder tool .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in New York City at 23°C and lows at 15°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

6
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Walker Sisters' Cabin and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Get some cultural insight at The Old Mill and Titanic Museum. Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster (in Pigeon Forge). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, hike along Chimney Tops, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In October in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then deepen your understanding at Georgetown University, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally take a stroll through Capitol Hill. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Takoma Park Farmers Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at National Zoological Park, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Washington DC sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Takoma Park Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, explore and take pictures at Artist Point, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and admire the sheer force of Wraith Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour planning website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 10°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Getty Center The Publications and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains & Bergamot Station). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online journey planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

6
nights
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are colder with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Union Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, take a stroll through SoMa, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online visit planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Head to The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppesfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at The Venetian, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

6
nights
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.
Visiting Rim Trail and Canyon Village Marketplace will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Tusayan Museum and Hermit's Rest. On the 13th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, get great views at Grandview Point, and see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Honolulu in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Honolulu is minus 3 hours. In November, Honolulu is warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Seattle.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

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nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, then admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): wander the streets of Pioneer Square, then view the masterpieces at Glasshouse-Studio, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle road trip tool .

You can fly from Honolulu to Seattle in 8 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Seattle due to the time zone difference. In November, Seattle is cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through Ruby Beach. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Hurricane Ridge and then take in the dramatic natural features at Olympic Peninsula.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic Peninsula ©
Olympic Peninsula