23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  6​h
1
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
2
Arlington
— 1 night
Drive:  23​h
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
10
Saint Paul
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Iowa City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
13
Cincinnati
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a stroll through Garden District, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans travel route builder app .

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

1
night
Arlington

Arlington ©
The popular saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas!" and Arlington exemplifies that maxim.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see Lifestylez Nails Spa, take in nature's colorful creations at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, then don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, and finally admire all the interesting features of AT&T Stadium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arlington trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from New Orleans to Arlington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Arlington, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lifestylez Nails Spa, Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
AT&T Stadium ©
AT&T Stadium

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Arlington to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Arlington to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In August, Los Angeles is little chillier than Arlington - with highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 101°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

2
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 10th (Sat), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park route maker app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
day
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip website .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 13 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Custer journey planning website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Custer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Custer reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 87°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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night
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Summit Avenue, then take in nature's colorful creations at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, and finally engage your brain at Science Museum of Minnesota.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saint Paul online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Saint Paul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Saint Paul. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Saint Paul, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Parks Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Old Capitol Museum, admire all the interesting features of University of Iowa, then contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Iowa City tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Saint Paul to Iowa City with the Route module. In August in Iowa City, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Iowa City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Capitol Museum ©
Old Capitol Museum
Devonian Fossil Gorge ©
Devonian Fossil Gorge

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night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 18th (Sun), take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago route website .

You can drive from Iowa City to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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night
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
On the 19th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Great American Ball Park, try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino, and then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati vacation planner.

Fly from Chicago to Cincinnati in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cincinnati is 1 hour. August in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Fun & Games Casinos Parks
Highlights from your plan
JACK Cincinnati Casino ©
JACK Cincinnati Casino
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Great American Ball Park ©
Great American Ball Park

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