15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Graceland, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then stop by Lansky, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis tour itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 63°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and then admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall, then stop by Boulder Book Store, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip app .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in March, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 55°F and lows about 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena), Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Alexander Valley Vineyards & Sapphire Hill Winery). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, and take a stroll through The Castro.

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Traveling by flight from Denver to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco. Traveling from Denver in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and The Spice House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Chicago Cultural Center, take a stroll through Wicker Park, engage your brain at Field Museum, and walk around Millennium Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Chicago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Chicago at 45°F and lows at 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

2
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 17th (Tue), browse the different shops at Somerset Collection, admire the landmark architecture of Meadow Brook Hall, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Block’s Stand & Greenhouse, test your problem-solving skills at Decode Ann Arbor, and then get some fabulous bargains at Jiffy Mix Company.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Detroit online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Chicago to Detroit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Detroit due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Shopping Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Henry Ford, Meadow Brook Hall, Decode Ann Arbor, Somerset Collection, Jiffy Mix Company
Highlights from your plan
Somerset Collection ©
Somerset Collection
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Meadow Brook Hall ©
Meadow Brook Hall

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