12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Fargo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Dublin

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night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll around Milton Lee Olive Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago online tour planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in September: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then trek along Brown's Woods, then grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

1
night
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and then work some fitness into your day at Chain of Lakes.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online day trip planner .

You can fly from Des Moines to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Des Moines in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Minneapolis: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Lake of the Isles ©
Lake of the Isles

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night
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): play a few rounds at Edgewood Golf, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Lindenwood Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Fargo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fargo, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fargo

Golf Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Golf ©
Edgewood Golf
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church ©
Lindenwood Park ©
Lindenwood Park

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Fargo to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fargo to Las Vegas. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fargo in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seattle journey builder tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

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

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