18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Joplin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tulsa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Gallup
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary planning site .

Chicago to Springfield is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis journey tool .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. September in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Joplin.

Things to do in Saint Louis

#Historic Sites, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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night
Joplin

Joplin
Joplin or is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Joplin holiday website .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Joplin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Joplin, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Tulsa.

Things to do in Joplin

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

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Tulsa

Tulsa ©
Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
On the 16th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of ONEOK Field, then appreciate the history behind The Golden Driller, then don't miss a visit to Blue Whale of Catoosa, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oklahoma Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tulsa Zoo and then admire the masterpieces at Gilcrease Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tulsa trip site .

Traveling by car from Joplin to Tulsa takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tulsa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Tulsa

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Oklahoma Aquarium, Blue Whale of Catoosa
Highlights from your plan
Gilcrease Museum ©
Gilcrease Museum
ONEOK Field ©
ONEOK Field
BOK Center ©
BOK Center

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night
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Myriad Botanical Gardens, take a stroll through Bricktown, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Osteology, and finally steep yourself in history at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oklahoma City travel route planner .

Drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Oklahoma City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amarillo.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Osteology ©
Museum of Osteology
Bricktown ©
Bricktown

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night
Amarillo

Amarillo
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Amarillo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Amarillo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toSanta Fe.

Things to do in Amarillo

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then take a memorable drive along The Plaza, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, and then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip tool .

Fly from Amarillo to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Santa Fe. Traveling from Amarillo in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Biological Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip planning app .

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gallup.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan

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night
Gallup

Gallup ©
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Red Rock Park, stop by Perry Null Trading Company, then browse for treasures at Bill Malone Trading Company, and finally look for gifts at Richardsons Trading Company.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Gallup trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Gallup takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gallup, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Gallup

#Shopping, #Parks

Side Trip

Red Rock Park
Highlights from your plan
Richardsons Trading Company ©
Richardsons Trading Company
Red Rock Park ©
Red Rock Park
Perry Null Trading Company ©
Perry Null Trading Company

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nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Flagstaff vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gallup to Flagstaff takes 3 hours. Traveling from Gallup in September, you will find days in Flagstaff are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sedona
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

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nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To plan Grand Canyon National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

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nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

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 difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

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