8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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New York City
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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New York City

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, stop by Times Square, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the New York City itinerary site.

Austin to New York City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Austin to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in May, with highs in New York City at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC visit planner.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Washington DC hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll around Golden Gate Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then go for a walk through Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.