20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Denver
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
10
Albuquerque
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 19th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen itinerary maker website .

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 49°F. You'll set off for Denver on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get a bit warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 95°F and lows about 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Rockaway Beach. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder site .

Getting from Salt Lake City to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. When traveling from Salt Lake City in July, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's still lots to do: hike along Panorama Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary website .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 101°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough 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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
day
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 7th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument and then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Albuquerque: highs are around 88°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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