16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Flagstaff
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 11th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City driving holiday app .

Philadelphia to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio and then make a trip to Pioneer Square. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Seattle takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Seattle due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Royal and Bright Angel Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Canyon National Park (Hopi House, Grand Canyon South Rim, & more) and Sedona (Cathedral Rock & Spas & Wellness).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Flagstaff online vacation planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Flagstaff by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Flagstaff dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point

2
nights
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 23rd (Tue): get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Flagstaff to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Flagstaff in July, things will get a bit warmer in Denver: highs are around 87°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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