20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 3 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Cortez, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Fly to London Gatwick, Train to London Victoria, Train to Leeds

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New York City

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral for their historical value. Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library capture your imagination. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Leeds, UK to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Leeds in July: high temperatures in New York City hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the next day, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip builder tool.

You can take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Iowa Quilt Museum, steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Des Moines in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Des Moines. Traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Des Moines, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

You can fly from Des Moines to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Des Moines in July, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

2
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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): shop like a local with Art at the Main Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, and finally ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City road trip website.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. In July, Salt Lake City is much warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

2
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker website.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are little chillier (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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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 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio and then trek along Bright Angel Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and then explore the ancient world of Tusayan Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Navajo Jewelry and Design and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. In July, Monument Valley is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
On the 18th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denver journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Denver in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.