16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Des Moines

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Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

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 15th (Thu): make a trip to Roots of Knowledge, then admire the striking features of Provo City Center Temple, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Church History Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, and finally stroll through Temple Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salt Lake City day trip planning app.

Des Moines to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Salt Lake City is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Salt Lake City can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Boulder City (Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum & Hoover Dam) and Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and try to win big at Caesars Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in April; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 80°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Museums · Casinos · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, expect Santa Barbara to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Flagstaff visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to Flagstaff takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect nights in Flagstaff to be colder, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 28th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, stroll around Indian Garden, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

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.