26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New York City
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Arlington
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Washington DC
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Chicago
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at New York Public Library and then stroll through Central Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Times Square, and then make a trip to Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City online road trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to New York City. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, you will find days in New York City are colder (31°C), and nights are slightly colder (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Arlington

— 5 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kids will enjoy Mount Vernon Trail and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, walk around Gravelly Point Park, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arlington trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Arlington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Arlington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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.
Bring the kids along to National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC sightseeing planner.

Washington DC is very close to Arlington. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and The Getty Center. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Los Angeles by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Chicago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Chicago is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Chicago at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.