6 days in United States Itinerary

6 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 day
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night


San Diego

— 1 day

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Diego. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, and then don't miss a visit to Temple Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Salt Lake City, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

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 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (53°F), and nights are much colder (27°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites


— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Custer online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Custer at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip


— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, then admire the striking features of Marquette Building, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Chicago trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in May; daily highs in Chicago reach 71°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

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.

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.