18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Ridgecrest
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
4
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Newport

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): take in a show at Hopi House, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest and then hike along Rim Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online vacation builder .

Ridgecrest to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Ridgecrest to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Ridgecrest in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 62°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque holiday maker website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque in 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, with highs in Albuquerque at 71°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vail.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ojito Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Escape the urban bustle at Winter Park Resort and Vail Mountain Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Breckenridge Ski Resort (in Breckenridge) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Albuquerque to Vail in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Albuquerque in April, expect Vail to be much colder, temps between 35°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Thermal Spas, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Thermal Spas
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and Klokkenspel. Get outdoors at Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha and Blank Park Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles), Fireside Winery (in Marengo) and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at 515 Brewing Company, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and explore and take pictures at Iowa State Fairgrounds.

To find out how to plan a trip to Des Moines, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Vail to Des Moines in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vail to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vail in April, you will find days in Des Moines are much hotter (62°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (41°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pella, La Vida Loca Winery, High Trestle Trail, Imes Covered Bridge, Fireside Winery
Highlights from your plan
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
515 Brewing Company ©
515 Brewing Company
Fireside Winery ©
Fireside Winery

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night
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 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower and then meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Fourth Presbyterian Church ©
Fourth Presbyterian Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland vacation planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Cleveland, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Cleveland

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
Highlights from your plan
JACK Cleveland Casino ©
JACK Cleveland Casino
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art

1
night
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): engage your brain at Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) and then steep yourself in history at Onondaga Lake Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Syracuse trip planning website .

You can take a train from Cleveland to Syracuse in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cleveland in April since evenings lows in Syracuse dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Syracuse

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Onondaga Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) ©
Onondaga Lake Park ©
Onondaga Lake Park

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night
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 18th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Syracuse to New York City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Syracuse in April since evenings lows in New York City dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Times Square ©
Times Square

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