16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
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Dayton
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Chicago
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New Orleans
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San Francisco
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Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
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New York City

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. The Met Cloisters and Brooklyn Heights Promenade will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at New York Public Library, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a stroll through Dumbo, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in October, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Benjamin Franklin Museum, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then examine the collection at Independence Seaport Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip site.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Washington DC

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dayton.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Dayton

— 1 night

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, stroll through Aullwood Audubon, and then stroll through Aullwood Garden MetroPark.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dayton trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Dayton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dayton when traveling from Washington DC in October, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Dayton

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Dayton to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dayton to Chicago. In October, daytime highs in Chicago are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 19th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, see the interesting displays at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter. On the next day, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Orleans road trip app.

You can fly from Chicago to New Orleans in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Francisco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Francisco. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

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 22nd (Sun): shop like a local with The Strip, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday maker.

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

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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.