16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Columbus
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff, Fly to Newark

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Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Shale Hollow Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoover Mudflats Boardwalk at Hoover Reservoir, then admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and finally see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Columbus holiday planner.

New York City to Columbus is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Columbus, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Salt Lake City

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.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, then make a splash at Cowabunga Bay, and then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Columbus to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbus in July, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Keystone

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone holiday builder site.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Keystone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Minneapolis

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get your game on at FlyOver America, then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, then have some family-friendly fun at Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota, and finally stroll around Lebanon Hills Regional Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Silverwood Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Game Show Battle Rooms, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis day trip tool.

You can fly from Keystone to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Keystone in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Minneapolis, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trips

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 18th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and then take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago visit planning website.

Getting from Minneapolis to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Parks

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New Orleans

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 20th (Mon), learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, then stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Orleans day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New Orleans takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Houston

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Water Wall, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Houston Audubon.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in July, expect nights in Houston to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Nature

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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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and head outdoors with Bar 10 Ranch Activities.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.