16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Ann Arbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Irvine
— 5 nights
Fly

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Ann Arbor

— 2 nights
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. On the 13th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, then look for gifts at The M Den, and finally make a trip to Nickels Arcade. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cobblestone Farm, examine the collection at Michigan Firehouse Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, and finally make a trip to Michigan War Dog Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ann Arbor trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Ann Arbor. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 15th (Sat), shop like a local with Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Omaha road trip planner.

Getting from Ann Arbor to Omaha by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ann Arbor to Omaha is minus 1 hour. May in Omaha sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Ellsworth Air Force Base, then trek along Little Devil's Tower Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, then examine the collection at Museum of Geology, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Omaha to Rapid City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Omaha in May; daily highs in Rapid City reach 65°F and lows reach 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Visiting East Rim Drive and Hermit Road will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolb Studio and Inner Canyon. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Lookout Studio, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, get great views at Shoshone Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rapid City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Rapid City in May, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Irvine.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Irvine

— 5 nights
Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Planes of Fame Air Museum and Bowers Museum. Lyon Air Museum and Yanks Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Salt Creek Beach (in Dana Point) and Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary (in Corona del Mar). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at The Wedge, tee off at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, examine the collection at Marconi Automotive Museum, and steep yourself in history at Montanez Adobe.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Irvine tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Irvine in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Irvine due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May since evenings lows in Irvine dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Irvine

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.