21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

2
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.
On the 28th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Des Moines to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Yosemite National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in April, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel app .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

5
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.
On the 9th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, trek along Rim Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (68°F), and nights are cooler (33°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

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

3
nights
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, New York City is much hotter at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at White House, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC day trip planning website .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Washington DC are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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