15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 day
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Denver
— 1 day
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Omaha
— 1 day
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 day
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New York City
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz online tour itinerary planner.

Berkeley to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 17th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Rocky Creek Bridge, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Big Sur are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and trek along Lembert Dome.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Big Sur in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, and finally steep yourself in history at Assembly Hall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City by bus takes about 16 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be much hotter, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 24th (Mon), engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Salt Lake City to Denver takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 85°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, shop like a local with Old Market, take in the exciting artwork at Curbside Clothing, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mt Vernon Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Omaha driving holiday planner.

Fly from Denver to Omaha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Omaha is 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Omaha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary planner.

Fly from Des Moines to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks

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New York City

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, wander the streets of Times Square, and then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in New York City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.