17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary builder
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Orlando
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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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.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, make a trip to Empire State Building, and explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your New York City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then trek along Rim Trail. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas — 2 nights

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 11th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohono Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Orlando.
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Orlando — 3 nights

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 17th (Wed) at Walt Disney World Resort. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Magic Kingdom Park, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Orlando trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to Orlando in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
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Theme Parks · Nightlife · Museums
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Washington DC — 1 night

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 20th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC itinerary planning app.

Getting from Orlando to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in May; daily highs in Washington DC reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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