17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Ridgecrest
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Three Rivers
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Milan

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver attractions planner.

Milan, Italy to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Milan to Denver, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in August, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Durango

Durango ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango travel route planner .

Getting from Denver to Durango by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Durango when traveling from Denver in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Monument Valley

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., look for gifts at Navajo Jewelry and Design, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip maker app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

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Photography Tours
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then get engrossed in the history at Bright Angel History Room, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool .

Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 31°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Bright Angel History Room ©
Bright Angel History Room

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day
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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 22nd (Thu), trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Bryce Amphitheatre, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park route planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bryce Canyon National Park are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop ©
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop

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nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore and learn at The Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Strip, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for gifts at Red Rock Books, explore the stunning scenery at Little Petroglyph Canyon, then take an in-depth tour of Maturango Museum, and finally learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ridgecrest vacation app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Ridgecrest in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ridgecrest when traveling from Las Vegas in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Three Rivers.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology
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Maturango Museum ©
Maturango Museum
Red Rock Books ©
Red Rock Books

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Three Rivers

Three Rivers
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. On the 27th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Three Rivers itinerary planner .

Getting from Ridgecrest to Three Rivers by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ridgecrest in August, with highs in Three Rivers at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

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Parks Outdoors Nature

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Three Rivers to San Francisco. Traveling from Three Rivers in August, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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