17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to The Magnificent Mile and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning app .

You can fly from Chicago to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip maker .

Fly from Colorado Springs to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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Grand Canyon National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from San Diego in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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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 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, then admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 Filbert Steps. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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