21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  15​h
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Austin
— 1 day
Drive:  16​h 30​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
11
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 28th (Sat), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and finally pause for some photo ops at Athena Statue.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville online visit planner .

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Nashville is minus 1 hour. September in Nashville sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then make a trip to Graceland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Memphis, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape My Room New Orleans, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Memphis in October, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Funeral History, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Houston day trip planning website .

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Water Wall ©
Water Wall
National Museum of Funeral History ©

1
day
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

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Getting from Houston to Austin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Austin, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guanella Pass and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and walk around Washington Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Denver by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Denver due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Austin, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 40°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Guanella Pass, Golden History Museum & Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
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 (Wed): take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, get great views at Lookout Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Denver to Yellowstone National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are much colder (47°F), and nights are little chillier (25°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Lookout Point ©
Lookout Point

1
day
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 10th (Thu), stroll around Liberty Park, see the interesting displays at Church History Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City trip planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Salt Lake City to be warmer, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Liberty Park ©
Liberty Park
Church History Museum ©
Church History Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Powell Point, get all the information you need at Yavapai Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally cruise along East Rim Drive.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, examine the collection at Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, and then ride a horse along KOLI Equestrian Center.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix takes 4 hours. In October, Phoenix is warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

KOLI Equestrian Center
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
KOLI Equestrian Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting ©

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Room Escape Games. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in October, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 82°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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