21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Frick Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History and then make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary app .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in New York City reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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 30th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC travel itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Washington DC to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Chicago reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Memphis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Las Vegas is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Memphis, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, get great views at Hopi Point, and stroll through North Kaibab Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Sun), kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone Lake and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, and identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Falls.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Expect cooler evenings in Yellowstone National Park when traveling from San Francisco in August, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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