15 days in Midwest & Western US Itinerary

15 days in Midwest & Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Midwest & Western US Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Jacksonville, Florida

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis online holiday maker .

Jacksonville to Saint Louis is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jacksonville in March, things will get a bit cooler in Saint Louis: highs are around 54°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
City Museum ©
City Museum
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Titanic and The Neon Museum. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online tour planner .

Getting from Saint Louis to Las Vegas by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint Louis in March: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Titanic ©
Titanic

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Travel Town and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kids will enjoy Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to National Tiger Sanctuary and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum and get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster & Flyaway Ziplines at Branson Mountain Adventure Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Branson route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Branson takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Branson. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Branson reach 67°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

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