19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Dallas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Broad. Hollywood Walk of Fame and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday maker tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and then make a trip to The Strip.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas vacation site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get great views at Moran Point, then get great views at Shoshone Point, then get great views at Lipan Point, and finally get great views at Navajo Point. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, take in panoramic vistas at Yavapai Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park journey tool .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 8°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Moran Point ©
Moran Point

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple Square and Salt Lake Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Woodward Park City and Lake Blanche Trail. There's lots more to do: stop by Harmons City Creek, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Memorial Museum, engage your brain at Wheeler Historic Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City route planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 4°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Woodward Park City
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Pioneer Memorial Museum ©
Pioneer Memorial Museum
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

4
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nasher Sculpture Center and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, examine the collection at Frontiers of Flight Museum, look for gifts at Wild Bill's Western Store, and get engrossed in the history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dallas day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in December; daily highs in Dallas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Frontiers of Flight Museum ©
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center ©
Nasher Sculpture Center
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve ©
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Take a break from the city and head to Cockrell Butterfly Center and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Houston Museum District and Lone Star Flight Museum. Step out of Houston with an excursion to Nana's Attic in League City--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, examine the collection at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, stroll around Smither Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Houston travel planning tool .

You can fly from Dallas to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in December: high temperatures in Houston hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Nana's Attic
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum ©
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District

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