20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder
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Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City — 3 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and Empire State Building make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip website.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Washington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and finally stroll through Alum Cave Trail. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Roaring Fork and then take a memorable drive along Little River Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning app.

You can fly from New York City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Grand Canyon National Park — 4 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Indian Garden. There's much more to do: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Las Vegas — 1 night

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are much hotter (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

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.
Bring the kids along to Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Half Dome and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, trek along Yosemite Valley Biking, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be cooler, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Washington DC.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tidal Basin and National Gallery of Art. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, ponder the world of politics at White House, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip maker site.

Fly from San Francisco to Washington DC in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.