18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Newark
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly
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Topeka
— 1 day
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Las Vegas, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 6th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New York City sightseeing planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): let little ones run wild at Brackenridge Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Mission San Jose, admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to San Antonio takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Antonio is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in May, expect San Antonio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Topeka.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Topeka

— 1 day
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Topeka trip planning website.

You can fly from San Antonio to Topeka in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in May, things will get little chillier in Topeka: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Topeka to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Topeka to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Topeka in May, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.