12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder site .

Chicago to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Seattle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Lombard Street, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mingei International Museum ©
Mingei International Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then take a stroll through The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

3
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 27th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 31°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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