20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Las Vegas
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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 4th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Charlotte to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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night
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
On the 6th (Tue), meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seattle journey planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Seattle hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 9 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
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.
On the 15th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and hike along Rim Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, and then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

3
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New York City holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip builder app .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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