15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 night
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
7
Rapid City
— 4 nights

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip planner.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Des Moines when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Des Moines

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Friday Harbor day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Des Moines to Friday Harbor takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or fly. Traveling from Des Moines to Friday Harbor, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in August; daily highs in Friday Harbor reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, thenstroll around Kerry Park, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, thenexamine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Seattle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Wineries Tours
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco route builder.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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 6th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route maker.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Colorado Springs to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loop Road and Iron Mountain Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip) and Badlands Wall (in Badlands National Park). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, hike along Presidential Trail, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Rapid City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Presidential Trail
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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