26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Arlington
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi


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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.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at New York Public Library and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a stroll through Times Square, and then admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City vacation planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 9 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September: highs in New York City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

5
nights
Arlington

Arlington
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Arlington is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll through Mount Vernon Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and stroll around Gravelly Point Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arlington trip maker .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Arlington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; 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.

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Gravelly Point Park
Gravelly Point Park
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at White House, and browse the collection at Library of Congress.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planning tool .

Washington DC is just a stone's throw from Arlington. September in Washington DC sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Washington DC

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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, browse the different shops at The Grove, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. September in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier 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) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Chicago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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