23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Chicago
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Amarillo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Los Angeles

1
day
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 13th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium

2
days
Saint Louis

Saint Louis
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Missouri Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the next day, examine the collection at City Museum, admire all the interesting features of Busch Stadium, and then steep yourself in history at The Gateway Arch.

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Getting from Chicago to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

2
days
Nashville

Nashville
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

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Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

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Lotz House Museum
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Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum

2
days
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio., and then make a trip to Graceland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, then try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, and then look for gifts at Center For Southern Folklore.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip maker tool .

You can fly from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Memphis sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oklahoma City.

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Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Horseshoe Casino
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Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio. ©
Sun Studio.

2
days
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oklahoma City Zoo, examine the collection at Science Museum Oklahoma, and then wander the streets of Bricktown. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Osteology, then explore the world behind art at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

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Fly from Memphis to Oklahoma City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Oklahoma City are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amarillo.

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Museum of Osteology ©
Museum of Osteology
Oklahoma City Zoo ©
Oklahoma City Zoo

2
days
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cadillac Ranch, then stroll through Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Route 66 Historic District, then see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland, and then make a trip to The Charles Goodnight Historical Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amarillo trip planner .

Getting from Oklahoma City to Amarillo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Oklahoma City in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Amarillo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Canyon, The Charles Goodnight Historical Center
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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

2
days
Albuquerque

Albuquerque
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 25th (Fri), have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Biological Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Amarillo to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

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ABQ BioPark Zoo
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Balloon Rides

2
days
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then stroll through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point, then take a memorable drive along Moki Dugway, and then admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Monument Valley takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in May, with highs in Monument Valley at 26°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Goosenecks State Park, Forrest Gump Point, Moki Dugway
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Moki Dugway ©
Moki Dugway
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Tue), hike along Bright Angel Trail. On your second day here, hike along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

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Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Flagstaff.

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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
day
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Lowell Observatory, take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Meteor Crater.

Before you visit Flagstaff, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory

3
days
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Fly from Flagstaff to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Flagstaff in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

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