17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Zion National Park
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Denver
— 1 night
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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New York City
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Tulsa
— 1 night
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Amarillo
— 1 night
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Flagstaff
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Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then get great views at Observation Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park tour planner.

Los Angeles to Zion National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in Zion National Park to be colder, around 20°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Observation Point
Observation Point
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Denver Botanic Gardens. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online vacation builder.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Denver in 10.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, you will find days in Denver are a bit cooler (43°F), and nights are about the same (19°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Trinity United Methodist Church

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at The Exit Room.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Kansas City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Kansas City. Traveling from Denver in December, Kansas City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Exit Room
Highlights from your plan
The Exit Room ©
The Exit Room

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): revel in the low prices at Herbaria, then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Saint Louis vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. You'll set off for Chicago on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden
Herbaria ©
Herbaria
Beer Tastings & Tours

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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 23rd (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planning site.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint Louis in December: highs in Chicago hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park
Millennium Park

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Cleveland Botanical Garden and then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cleveland itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Cleveland in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Botanical Garden ©
Cleveland Botanical Garden

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Central Park and then don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online day trip planner.

Getting from Cleveland to New York City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cleveland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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Washington DC

Washington DC
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. You will leave for Knoxville on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks · Nightlife · Museums

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Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Tennessee Distilling and then examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

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Getting from Washington DC to Knoxville by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Old Tennessee Distilling, Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
East Tennesse Historical Society ©
East Tennesse Historical Society
Market Square ©
Market Square

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 31st (Thu), examine the collection at Graceland, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Memphis tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Knoxville to Memphis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Memphis due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulsa.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Graceland
Graceland

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Tulsa

Tulsa ©
Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Gilcrease Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Gathering Place.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tulsa trip planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Tulsa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tulsa when traveling from Memphis in January, with lows around 27°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gilcrease Museum ©
Gilcrease Museum
Gathering Place ©
Gathering Place

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Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Cadallic Ranch.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Amarillo road trip site.

You can fly from Tulsa to Amarillo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in January, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Flagstaff.
Highlights from your plan
Cadallic Ranch ©
Cadallic Ranch

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the world behind art at West of the Moon Gallery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Flagstaff online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Amarillo to Flagstaff in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Flagstaff. Traveling from Amarillo in January, things will get little chillier in Flagstaff: highs are around 44°F and lows about 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sedona
Highlights from your plan
West Fork Oak Creek Trail ©
West Fork Oak Creek Trail
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Oak Creek Vista Point ©
Oak Creek Vista Point

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