11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Amarillo
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then admire the landmark architecture of Shotgun House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bergamot Station, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Monica road trip tool .

Detroit to Santa Monica is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in April, expect Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, temps between 70°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Monica in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, then hike along Rim Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On your second day here, stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (62°F), and nights are much colder (26°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
day
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 23rd (Tue): engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque takes 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 71°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Amarillo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

1
day
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 24th (Wed), examine the collection at American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, then explore and take pictures at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West, then get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amarillo holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Amarillo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. April in Amarillo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums

Side Trip

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan

1
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 25th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Osteology, contemplate the long history of National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, then appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, then admire the striking features of St Pauls Episcopal Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Old Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip planning app .

Drive from Amarillo to Oklahoma City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Amarillo in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Oklahoma City, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Osteology
Museum of Osteology

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Saint Louis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden
City Museum ©
City Museum

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, then examine the collection at The Field Museum, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, explore the galleries of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Saint Louis in April, with highs in Chicago at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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