23 days in United States & Papeete Itinerary

23 days in United States & Papeete Itinerary

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23 days in United States & Papeete Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  12​h 30​min
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New York City, United States
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia, United States
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
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San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
8
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Milan, Italy


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nights
New York City, United States

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.
9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Met Cloisters and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington), Bay Head Beach (in Bay Head) and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Milan, Italy to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to New York City is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Milan in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Bay Head Beach, Sands Point Preserve
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:
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The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 22nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip builder website .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Battleship New Jersey
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Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Independence Mall ©
Independence Mall

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Washington DC, United States

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 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, steep yourself in history at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, then take a stroll through Lincoln Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chicago planning website .

Fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Chicago is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Baha'i House of Worship, Riverwalk Lot
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

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Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Lipan Point. You'll explore and learn at Kolb Studio and Yavapai Geology Museum. Go for a jaunt from Grand Canyon National Park to Cameron to see Cameron Trading Post about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, cruise along Point Imperial Drive, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Powell Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Chicago in July, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cameron Trading Post
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally hike along Lands End. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Presidio of San Francisco, look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, The Americana at Brand
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and Pointe Venus. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art and Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Papeete: Taharuu Beach (in Papara), Taravao (Taravao Plateau, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, & more) and Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Punaauia Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, tee off at Terrain de Golf Olivier Breaud, and get outside with Vallee de la Papenoo.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Papeete trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Papeete in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 2 hours. August in Papeete sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tahiti, Taravao, Arue, Punaauia, Taharuu Beach
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie ©
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie

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