22 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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New York City — 2 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: don't miss a visit to Central Park, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planning website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New York City. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, then take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.
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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.
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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Charlottesville.
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Charlottesville — 1 night

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, don't miss a visit to University of Virginia, and then stroll through Skyline Drive. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery and then steep yourself in history at Monticello.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 68°F in Charlottesville. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Pigeon Forge.
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Pigeon Forge — 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 25th (Tue), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Charlottesville to Pigeon Forge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.
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Memphis — 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Go for a jaunt from Memphis to Tunica to see Horseshoe Tunica about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, make a trip to Crystal Shrine Grotto, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis planning website.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Memphis to San Francisco by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Memphis to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 3 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Ventura (Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat & Fox Fine Jewelry), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara in 6 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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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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