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 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Omaha
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sedona
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, and then explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago journey builder app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. On the 11th (Sat), stop by Baker's Candies, play a few rounds at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, and then admire the striking features of Saint Mary Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lincoln trip app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Lincoln takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Lincoln sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Baker's Candies
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Wilderness Ridge Golf Club ©
Wilderness Ridge Golf Club
Saint Mary Catholic Church ©
Saint Mary Catholic Church
Baker's Candies ©
Baker's Candies

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Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Parish Church, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Omaha trip planner .

Getting from Lincoln to Omaha by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Old Market ©
Old Market
Sacred Heart Parish Church ©
Sacred Heart Parish Church

1
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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 13th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Iowa State Fairgrounds, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Omaha to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Des Moines

Shopping
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Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds

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night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, do a tasting at Aridus Wine Company, and then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip website .

Fly from Des Moines to Phoenix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines to Phoenix, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you will find days in Phoenix are much hotter (105°F), and nights are a bit warmer (83°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Aridus Wine Company
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Aridus Wine Company ©
Aridus Wine Company
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. Shop till you drop at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, stop by Verkamp's Curios, and take in a show at Hopi House.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, look for gifts at McLean Meditation Institute, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sedona trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. In August, Sedona is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
McLean Meditation Institute ©
McLean Meditation Institute

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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.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Getting from Sedona to Los Angeles by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sedona in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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