29 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
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Nashville
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Memphis
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Oklahoma City
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Albuquerque
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Marble Canyon
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Las Vegas
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Yosemite National Park
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San Francisco
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Pismo Beach
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Barstow
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Phoenix
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Los Angeles
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk around Millennium Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Helsinki to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nashville.
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Nashville — 1 day

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 7th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nashville planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Nashville in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.
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Museums · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Memphis — 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Graceland, take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Memphis visit site.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Memphis, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma City — 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Oklahoma City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Oklahoma City, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Oklahoma City in October since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 10°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Marble Canyon.
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Marble Canyon — 2 nights

Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Coyote Buttes, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Wash Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marble Canyon trip maker website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Marble Canyon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Marble Canyon are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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 15th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at North Rim Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Marble Canyon to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Marble Canyon in October, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Las Vegas — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Half Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Fri), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Pismo Beach.
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Pismo Beach — 1 night

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pismo Beach trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Pismo Beach to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Barstow.
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Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Barstow — 1 night

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), look for gifts at Eddie World.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Barstow journey builder site.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Barstow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Barstow are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 1 night

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Barstow to Phoenix by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barstow to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from Barstow in October, expect Phoenix to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 22°C. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 25th (Tue).
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Los Angeles — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: 26-Mile Bike Path (in Santa Monica), La Jolla (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego & La Jolla Cove) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in October, with highs in Los Angeles at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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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.
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