18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Fruita
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through National Zoological Park, then hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC driving holiday planning app .

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Hidden Oaks Nature Center
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary ©
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Hidden Oaks Nature Center ©
Hidden Oaks Nature Center

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 10th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then stop by Brownfield's, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park travel route planning website .

Getting from Washington DC to Estes Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Pearl Street Mall
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City travel tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Canon City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 13th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, and then take a memorable drive along East Portal Road.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Canon City to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park with the Route module. In June in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by Sprigs & Sprouts Lavender Farm, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and finally explore and take pictures at Colorado National Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fruita day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Fruita. In June, daytime highs in Fruita are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at Fred Segal, then make a trip to Robertson Boulevard, then browse the different shops at Glendale Galleria, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand. On the next day, wander the streets of Golden Triangle, then buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the West Hollywood visit planning site .

Explore your travel options from Fruita to West Hollywood with the Route module. Traveling from Fruita to West Hollywood, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fruita in June, you will find days in West Hollywood are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Glendale
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Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Fred Segal ©
Fred Segal
The Americana at Brand ©
The Americana at Brand

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Third Street Promenade. Step out of Santa Monica with an excursion to Zuma Beach in Malibu--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, stop by Bergamot Station, and browse the different shops at Santa Monica Place.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica itinerary builder website .

Santa Monica is very close to West Hollywood. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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nights
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 21st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and finally explore and take pictures at Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, kick back and relax at Rosewood Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Prairie Wolf Slough.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chicago planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Chicago takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Santa Monica to Chicago. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in June: highs in Chicago hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Highland Park
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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