22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 1 night
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get outdoors at Lakefront Trail and Starved Rock State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chicago Riverwalk and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Matthiessen State Park (in Utica), Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton) and Allen Park (in Ottawa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, walk around Millennium Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online visit planner.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Driskill, then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Austin day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Austin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Austin to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Galveston.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 1 night

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
On the 31st (Sat), get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall.

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Traveling by flight from Austin to Galveston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in July, expect nights in Galveston to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 1st (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc..

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read South Padre Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Galveston to South Padre Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some cultural insight at Santa Monica Pier and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Malibu (Carbon Beach, Zuma Beach, &more), Newport Beach (Balboa Island & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Huntington Beach Pier (in Huntington Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonlight State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from South Padre Island to Los Angeles. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from South Padre Island in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sedona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airport Mesa, take a memorable drive along Oak Creek Canyon, and then immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, then stroll through Devil's Bridge Trail, then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Sedona in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Sedona is 1 hour. August in Sedona sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Desert View Watchtower. Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and get great views at Mather Point.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 5 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Off-Road Tours and Mount Charleston. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see St. George Temple in St. George, approximately St. George away. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The Strip, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas online day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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.