42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Anchorage
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New York City

— 4 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 museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New York City visit planner.

Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to New York City is minus 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in New York City hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC road trip planning site.

Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and then walk around Chimneys Picnic Area. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then hike along Grotto Falls Parking, then appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and walk around Millennium Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 25th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disneyland Park, &more). Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder site.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, get great views at Lookout Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect cooler with lows of 3°C in Yellowstone National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 13th (Fri), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online holiday builder.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 33°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seattle visit planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Anchorage

— 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 17th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, and then identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Anchorage in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Anchorage. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Anchorage to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

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.