15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Page, Fly to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to New York City

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Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 28th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spring Mountains Visitor Center and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and then get active on the water at Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning site.

New York City to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Star Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park planning site.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, stop by Downtown Rapid City, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rapid City travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Denver.
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Denver — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and then take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at The International Church of Cannabis, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.
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Moab — 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, and then stroll through Balanced Rock Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Moab vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Denver to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in September, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Monument Valley.
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Monument Valley — 1 night

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., trot along with a tour on horseback, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley online day trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monument Valley, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then get great views at Hopi Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Hermit Road.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions planning website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in September, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 75°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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