8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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Columbus
— Few hours
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Bus to San Francisco, Fly to Newark
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Newark
— 1 night
Fly

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Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens and then see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Columbus attractions planning site.

Detroit to Columbus is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Museums

Side Trip

1
night
Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then walk around Millennium Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Columbus to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

1
night
San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco journey site.

Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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nights
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.
On the 18th (Sat), cruise along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

1
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then cruise along West Cliff Drive, then learn about winemaking at Beauregard Vineyard, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz visit planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

1
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Santa Rosa

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): learn about winemaking at Dutton Goldfield Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Rosa journey planning site.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in July, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Newark.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Newark

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lucy's Church, then have fun at Gun For Hire Shooting Range, and finally have fun at Brookdale Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Newark road trip planning website.

Getting from Santa Rosa to Newark by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Rosa to Newark is 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Rosa in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Newark. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newark

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

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.