22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Portsmouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Jackson
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lincoln
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

2
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.
The Strip and The Neon Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip tool .

Des Moines to Las Vegas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Des Moines to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Des Moines in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 104°F and lows at 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards in St. Helena--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and stop by Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Popular historic sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and The National Archives Museum. Step out of Washington DC to go to Triangle and see National Museum of the Marine Corps, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Washington DC to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Gettysburg National Military Park
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our New York City trip maker website .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

1
night
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. On the 26th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth journey planning app .

Getting from New York City to Portsmouth by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Portsmouth reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Marginal Way Walkway, Nubble Lighthouse
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Nubble Lighthouse ©
Nubble Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Crawford Notch State Park and then admire the sheer force of Glen Ellis Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Jackson takes 2 hours. In July in Jackson, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Crawford Notch State Park
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Glen Ellis Falls ©
Glen Ellis Falls
Crawford Notch State Park ©
Crawford Notch State Park

2
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at West Rattlesnake Mountain and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Franconia Notch State Park and then take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lincoln trip builder website .

You can drive from Jackson to Lincoln in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Lincoln

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park, West Rattlesnake Mountain
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West Rattlesnake Mountain ©
West Rattlesnake Mountain
White Mountain National Forest ©
White Mountain National Forest
Franconia Notch State Park ©
Franconia Notch State Park

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at The Field Museum, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, explore the galleries of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and then learn about all things military at Cantigny Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lincoln to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lincoln to Chicago. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Lincoln in July, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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