8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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New York City
— 1 night
Fly
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
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New York City — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning tool.

Chicago to New York City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in New York City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 1 night

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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 21st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Bright Angel Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then hike along South Kaibab Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 31°F at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, cruise along Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Washburn Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome and then trek along North Dome.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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