21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
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Saint Louis
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Wichita
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Oklahoma City
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Santa Fe
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Sedona
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Austin
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Chicago — 2 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip builder.

Newark to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Saint Louis.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Saint Louis — 2 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): walk around Forest Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Saint Louis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Wichita.
Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Wichita — 1 night

On the 26th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sedgwick County Zoo and then engage your brain at Exploration Place.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wichita trip app.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Wichita in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oklahoma City.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Oklahoma City — 1 night

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then stay fit while traveling at Drift Therapeutic Spa.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wichita to Oklahoma City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Oklahoma City sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Santa Fe.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas
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Santa Fe — 2 nights

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then look for gifts at Santa Fe Indian Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then hike along Canyon Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Santa Fe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oklahoma City in August, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sedona.
Parks · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trip

Sedona — 2 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 30th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and then explore the world behind art at Arizona Copper Art Museum.

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Getting from Santa Fe to Sedona by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Sedona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Tours
Side Trip

Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

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Fly from Sedona to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Austin.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, and then stop by Central Market. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally steep yourself in history at The Driskill.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Austin. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Austin: highs are around 93°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

Missouri travel guide

4.5
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Kansas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.4
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Room Escape Games
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.