18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
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New York City
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 15​min
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Niagara Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
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Chicago
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Rockford
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Mason City
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
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Rapid City
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 45​min
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  20​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  33​h
End: New York City

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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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City holiday builder tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New York City. August in New York City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. You will leave for Niagara Falls on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in New York City

Nightlife Parks Tours

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Niagara Falls is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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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.
For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Cleveland attractions website .

Drive from Niagara Falls to Cleveland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. You'll set off for Chicago on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Museums Outdoors

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Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll around Millennium Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey planner .

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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Rockford

Rockford
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rockford trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 31st (Wed), you're off toMason City.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nightlife Outdoors

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Mason City

Mason City
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mason City trip maker site .

You can drive from Chicago to Mason City in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Mason City dip to 58°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis travel route planning tool .

Getting from Mason City to Minneapolis by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nightlife Outdoors

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Rapid City

Rapid City
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Garden of the Gods has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then explore the stunning scenery at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

To plan Los Angeles vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at The Mob Museum, make a trip to The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 101°F and lows reach 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

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. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then wander the streets of Canyon Road, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe online vacation builder .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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