43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vicksburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
5
Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Step off the beaten path and head to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and RCA Studio B. Get some historical perspective at Lotz House Museum and Sri Ganesha Temple. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Franklin (Carter House & Carnton). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, admire the landmark architecture of The Parthenon, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nashville online trip itinerary maker .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Nashville is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in May: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 31°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Street and Oak Alley Plantation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow), Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and make a trip to Bourbon Street.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip planning tool .

Fly from Nashville to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville in May, you will find days in New Orleans are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vicksburg.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vacherie, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

4
nights
Vicksburg

Vicksburg ©
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vicksburg National Military Park and Longwood. Natchez Trace Pkwy and Natchez National Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Natchez (First Presbyterian Church & Darby's Famous Fudge) and Windsor Ruins (in Port Gibson). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at U.S.S. Cairo Museum, contemplate the long history of Anchuca Mansion, and view the masterpieces at Attic Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vicksburg trip maker app .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Vicksburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vicksburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 20°C. You will leave for South Padre Island on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Vicksburg

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Natchez, Windsor Ruins, Natchez Trace Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park
Longwood ©
Longwood

2
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle from Vicksburg to South Padre Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Vicksburg in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Head to Absolute Bikes and Hummingbird Housefor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walnut Canyon National Monument and Bell Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Sedona side-trips: V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock), Flagstaff (Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument & Wupatki National Monument) and Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, look for gifts at Psychic Readings by Nirup, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and cruise along Oak Creek Canyon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sedona visit planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Sedona in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from South Padre Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sedona, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Absolute Bikes, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and Lower Antelope Canyon. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim Drive. Step out of Grand Canyon National Park with an excursion to Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, stroll through Tonto Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in June, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lower Antelope Canyon, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. Spend the 11th (Mon) riding across the waves with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 46°C to lows of 29°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hike along Point Lobos State Reserve, make a trip to Cannery Row, and then contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories. On the next day, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Carmel by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in June; daily highs in Carmel reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, take a stroll through SoMa, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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