40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
Boston
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

4
days
Boston

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Get outdoors at Race Point Beach and Walden Pond State Reservation. Let the collections at Museum of Fine Arts and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum capture your imagination. When in Boston, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Provincetown, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, make a trip to Louisburg Square, and wander the streets of North End.

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London, UK to Boston is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. October in Boston sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Philadelphia.

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Provincetown, Walden Pond State Reservation
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Race Point Beach ©
Race Point Beach
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

3
days
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Let the collections at Independence Hall and Barnes Foundation capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Valley Forge National Historical Park. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Medford and see Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, contemplate the long history of Powel House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence National Historical Park, and admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boston to Philadelphia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

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Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

7
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Bronx Zoo (in Bronx), Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue) and Jones Beach State Park (in Wantagh). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Times Square, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, kick back and relax at Gateway National Recreation, and shop like a local with Fifth Avenue.

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Take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in New York City, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

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Parks Outdoors Museums

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Jones Beach State Park, Gateway National Recreation, Bronx Zoo, Fire Island National Seashore
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Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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9/11 Memorial

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tidal Basin and Breezy Point Beach and Campground. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Step out of Washington DC to go to Baltimore and see Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Breezy Point Beach and Campground, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
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Breezy Point Beach and Campground
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National Air and Space Museum
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National Gallery of Art

2
days
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. On the 18th (Sat), examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then see a world frozen in time at Goldfield (Ghost Town). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale, and then explore the world behind art at Heard Museum.

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Getting from Washington DC to Phoenix by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 29°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Old Town Scottsdale, Goldfield (Ghost Town)
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Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
Goldfield (Ghost Town) ©
Goldfield (Ghost Town)

1
day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

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Getting from Phoenix to Joshua Tree National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Phoenix in November since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

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Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

4
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get some historical perspective at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in November, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate Getty Center The Publications and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Santa Monica Mountains about 1h 10 min away. Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

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Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Carmel at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

2
days
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 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

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Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

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Parks Nature Wildlife
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. You'll explore and learn at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Cable Car Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, stroll through China Beach, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Safari West
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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