15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Ontario International Airport. August in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town Temecula and then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Coachella Valley Preserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 31°C. You'll set off for Durango on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Old Town Temecula, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Coachella Valley Preserve ©
Coachella Valley Preserve

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trek along Animas River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durango holiday planner.

You can fly from Palm Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Durango is cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

2
nights
Monument Valley

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. On the 17th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Navajo National Monument, then don't miss a visit to Mexican Hat Rock Formation, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

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

Getting from Durango to Monument Valley by car takes about 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monument Valley when traveling from Durango in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Navajo National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, and then stroll through Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route site .

Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 31°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, make a trip to The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally listen to music at Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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