36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
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Raleigh
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Houston
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
5
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Flagstaff
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
12
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
13
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
14
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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Raleigh

Raleigh
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh road trip planning site .

Mumbai, India to Raleigh is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in July, Raleigh is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. You'll set off for Atlanta on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Nightlife Outdoors
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Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
High Museum of Art has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Centennial Olympic Park, then examine the collection at High Museum of Art, and then catch a live performance at Fox Theatre.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Atlanta day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Atlanta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. July in Atlanta sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Merritt Island.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta Botanical Garden ©
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Centennial Olympic Park ©
Centennial Olympic Park

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You've now added French Quarter to your itinerary. On the 5th (Fri), stop by Faulkner House Books and then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Atlanta to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in July, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 31°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Water Wall, then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Houston trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Houston, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Kemah Boardwalk
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Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 10th (Wed), Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, then explore the activities along Green Lake, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park sightseeing planner .

Getting from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with lows of 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Flagstaff.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flagstaff: Sedona (Cathedral Rock & Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)). Spend the 13th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Wupatki National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument, contemplate the geological forces at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and see the sky in a new way at Lowell Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Flagstaff in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, Flagstaff is slightly colder than Carlsbad Caverns National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sedona
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Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): hike along Bright Angel Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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 17th (Wed): shop like a local with The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Winged Figures of the Republic Statues, then admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder City
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Huntington Beach Pier and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of the Pacific.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huntington Beach Pier, Heisler Park
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Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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 24th (Wed): take a stroll through The Stanford Shopping Center, take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Google Android Lawn Statues, then take an in-depth tour of Computer History Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Mountain View, Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Helicopter Tours
Stanford University ©
Stanford University

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then don't miss a visit to Artist Point, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in July since evenings lows in Yellowstone National Park dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire all the interesting features of Temple Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get much hotter in Salt Lake City: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah
Room Escape Games

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Princeton University (in Princeton), Washington Crossing Historic Park (in Washington Crossing) and Point Pleasant Beach (Jenkinson's Boardwalk & Point Pleasant Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll around Grounds For Sculpture, see the interesting displays at Silverball Pinball Museum, don't miss a visit to Asbury Park Boardwalk, and find something for the whole family at Six Flags Great Adventure.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Salt Lake City to New York City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Asbury Park, Point Pleasant Beach, Princeton University, Grounds For Sculpture, Washington Crossing Historic Park
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Grounds For Sculpture ©
Grounds For Sculpture
Silverball Pinball Museum ©
Silverball Pinball Museum
Princeton University ©
Princeton University

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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Town Waterfront, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Alexandria, George Washington's Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum ©
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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