31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Train:  13​h 45​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Savannah
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Key West
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
9
Anchorage
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train:  15​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 2nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, then enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls sightseeing planning tool .

Edinburgh, UK to Niagara Falls is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in May, with highs in Niagara Falls at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish ©
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chicago Riverwalk and Field Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Science and Industry and St Peter's Church. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Michigan, get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago online trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Chicago

Childrens Museums Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

4
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get some historical perspective at Bonaventure Cemetery and Fort Pulaski National Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum and Olde Pink House. Explore Savannah's surroundings by going to Hilton Head (Coligny Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mickve Israel Temple, get engrossed in the history at Old Fort Jackson, take in the spiritual surroundings of First African Baptist Church, and stroll the grounds of Colonial Park Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Savannah trip planner.

Fly from Chicago to Savannah in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Savannah. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect Savannah to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tybee Island, Hilton Head
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Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters ©
Bonaventure Cemetery ©
Bonaventure Cemetery
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

4
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Fort Zachary Taylor and Key West Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Truman Little White House and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. Step out of Key West to go to Big Pine Key and see Bahia Honda State Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and browse the exhibits of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Key West takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Savannah in May, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park

3
nights
New Orleans

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.
Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Oak Alley Plantation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Whitney Plantation and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Royal Street, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Key West to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Key West to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Key West in May: high temperatures in New Orleans hover around 24°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, Whitney Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Botanic Gardens. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Denver takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah. Do some cultural sightseeing at The LINQ Promenade and The Mob Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, and have fun at Graceland Wedding Chapel.

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

You can fly from Denver to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in May, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Beer Tastings & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Presidio of San Francisco and Walt Disney Family Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, hike along Lands End, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

1
night
Anchorage

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 29th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska and then contemplate the long history of Indian Valley Mine & Gifts. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Anchorage in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get little chillier in Anchorage: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
The Roundhouse at Alyeska ©
The Roundhouse at Alyeska

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