18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Washington DC
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 2 nights

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 15th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Half Dome. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas vacation builder app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much warmer (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

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 20th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally trek along Bright Angel Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip app.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (28°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, then ponder the world of politics at White House, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Washington DC to be much hotter, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.
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Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, and get to know the fascinating history of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read New York City online day trip planner.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the dramatic scenery at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seattle.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Seattle — 2 nights

Emerald City

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 30th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Seattle to be much warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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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