16 days in West Coast, Midwest & New York City Itinerary

16 days in West Coast, Midwest & New York City Itinerary

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16 days in West Coast, Midwest & New York City Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
3
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Branson
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  12 h 30 min
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9 h
6
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Copenhagen

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Rapid City in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Rapid City. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Custer
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at State Park Marina, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, admire the local landmark of Dancing Water Fountain, then buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing, then gain insight at College of the Ozarks, and finally explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Branson travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Branson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rapid City in August since evenings lows in Branson dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Table Rock Lake ©
Table Rock Lake
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Zipline

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Trinity Church, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

Plan my day in Mackinac Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Branson to Mackinac Island in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Branson to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Branson in August, expect Mackinac Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Golf
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Goldsmith's Inlet and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Pride of the Hudson (in Newburgh), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park) and Sparkling Pointe (in Southold). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and don't miss a visit to Times Square.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read New York City travel route planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackinac Island to New York City. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mackinac Island in August; daily highs in New York City reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southold, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Pride of the Hudson, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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