12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h
1
Chicago
— 1 night
bus:  8​h
2
Omaha
— 1 night
train:  23​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
train:  15​h
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): wander the streets of The Loop, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chicago holiday planner.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Chicago is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Omaha.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
The Loop ©
The Loop

1
night
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, then steep yourself in history at General Crook House Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral.

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Getting from Chicago to Omaha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Omaha, with lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Kanesville Tabernacle
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St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
General Crook House Museum ©
General Crook House Museum
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then stroll through Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: catch a live performance at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker app .

Getting from Omaha to Colorado Springs by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Omaha in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Point Imperial Drive. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moran Point, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. December in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In December, Los Angeles is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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