17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Lincoln
— 1 night
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Castle Rock
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Castle Rock
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 1 night
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Lincoln

— 1 night
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip builder website.

Joliet to Lincoln is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Joliet in July, you will find days in Lincoln are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Castle Rock.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Castle Rock

— 2 nights
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Gateway Mesa Open Space Park and then ride a horse along Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Waterton Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Head Lookout, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Miller Activity Complex.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Castle Rock road trip site.

You can fly from Lincoln to Castle Rock in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lincoln in July: high temperatures in Castle Rock hover around 79°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Moab.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Arches National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moab trip planner.

Fly from Castle Rock to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Castle Rock in July, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 97°F and 67°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 14th (Wed), trek along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Moab to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Moab in July, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 81°F and lows at 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

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Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 94°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 18th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, head outdoors with Mandalay Bay Beach, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas route planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 104°F to lows of 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Monument Valley

— 1 night
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Monument Valley at 90°F and lows at 59°F. You will leave for Durango on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 21st (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Durango in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Castle Rock.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castle Rock

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tee off at Bear Dance Golf Club, let the kids burn off some steam at Miller Activity Complex, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, and finally stop by The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Castle Rock trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Castle Rock takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Castle Rock to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lincoln.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lincoln

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial and then admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Castle Rock to Lincoln takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Castle Rock in July: high temperatures in Lincoln hover around 88°F and lows are around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums
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United States travel guide

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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.