17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Denver

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Winter Park Resort and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Trinity United Methodist Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Hallett Peak (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Meyer Ranch Park (in Conifer) and Jeffco Open Space Parks (in Golden). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver journey builder tool .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Denver. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Washington DC in February, with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Crown Hill Park, Jeffco Open Space Parks, Winter Park Resort, Meyer Ranch Park
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tusayan Museum and Kolb Studio. Visit Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot for their historical value. On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. In February, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Austin.

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

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Popular historic sites such as The Alamo and Texas State Capitol are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Bullock Texas State History Museum and The Blanton Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to The San Antonio River Walk (in San Antonio), Chisholm Trail Crossing Park (in Round Rock) and Cedar Breaks Park (in Georgetown). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, identify plant and animal life at Cibolo Nature Center, explore and take pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and trek along Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Austin online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Austin in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Austin is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February: highs in Austin hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Boerne, San Antonio, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, Cedar Breaks Park
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Books, wander the streets of Royal Street, and look for gifts at Faulkner House Books.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans planner .

You can fly from Austin to New Orleans in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in March, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (61°F), and nights are a bit warmer (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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