25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
New York City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
4
Moose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
St. George
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Canyonlands National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
14
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h
15
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
17
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
18
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

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New York City

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.
You've added One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sat), examine the collection at New York Public Library, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, catch a ride on The Roosevelt Island Tramway, then explore and take pictures at The High Line, and finally take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Central Park, make a trip to Empire State Building, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hudson River Greenway, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, then get from here to there with Staten Island Ferry, and finally take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, New York City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Hudson River Greenway ©
Hudson River Greenway
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, explore the striking landscape of Valley Forge National Historical Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Morris Arboretum, admire the majestic nature at Fort Washington State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Philadelphia tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Fort Washington State Park
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Morris Arboretum ©
Morris Arboretum
Independence National Historical Park ©
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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Washington DC

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum, International Spy Museum, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, examine the collection at International Spy Museum, and then explore the activities along Tidal Basin. On the next day, explore and take pictures at National Mall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Washington DC using our trip planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Moose.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Moose

Moose
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Moose trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Washington DC to Moose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Moose is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for little chillier days in Moose, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moose

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 20th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online vacation builder .

Drive from Moose to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Moose in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to St. George.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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St. George

St. George
St. For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. George online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to St. George takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September; daily highs in St. George reach 37°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in St. George

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Red Cliffs Recreation Area
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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then identify plant and animal life at Tonaquint Nature Center.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Zion National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from St. George to Zion National Park takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from St. George in September, with highs in Zion National Park at 34°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tonaquint Nature Center
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Shopping
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Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop ©
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park trip site .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in September, with highs in Arches National Park at 34°C and lows at 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Tower of Babel ©
Tower of Babel

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monument Valley trip simple and quick.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

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Grand Canyon National Park

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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Getting from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Bakersfield.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours
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Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield trip site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Bakersfield takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Bakersfield. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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California Area Living Museum (CALM) ©
California Fruit Depot ©
California Fruit Depot

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History.

Make your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Bakersfield to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
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Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Valley View, trek along Four Mile Trail, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Yosemite Village and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

Find out how to plan Yosemite National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, trek along Mori Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bolinas Lagoon.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Mori Point, Bolinas Lagoon, Marin Headlands
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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