15 days in United States Itinerary

Make it your trip
Bus to Dublin, Fly to New York City
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New York City
— 1 day
Fly
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Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Belfast

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New York City — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, take a memorable tour with Tours, then see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and finally settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online day trip planner.

Belfast, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in May; daily highs in New York City reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Buffalo.
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Buffalo — 1 night

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Joseph's Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Patriots and Heroes Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buffalo road trip planning site.

Getting from New York City to Buffalo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Buffalo, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Raleigh.
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Raleigh — 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Clemmons Educational State Forest, then trek along Neuse River Trail, then admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and finally grab your bike and head to House Creek Greenway Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Gregg Museum of Art & Design, then contemplate the long history of Historic Yates Mill County Park, then stroll the grounds of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Oakwood.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Raleigh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buffalo in May, with highs in Raleigh at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 1 night

Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake and then Head underground at Wind Cave National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pioneer Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, and then stroll through Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Hot Springs takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Raleigh in May, with highs in Hot Springs at 17°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and finally explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in May, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 13°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Bridalveil Fall and Valley View. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the activities along Gaylor Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Yosemite National Park is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 21°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Walt Disney Family Museum and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lands End and Asian Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Cathedral, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planning site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.
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