12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
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Omaha
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 6th (Fri), take a stroll through The Loop, hike along Lakefront Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Chicago trip tool.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 38°F and lows reach 26°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Omaha.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Biking Trail
Lakefront Trail
4.8
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Historic Walking Area
Chicago Riverwalk
4.7
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Neighborhood
The Loop
4.5

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Omaha

Omaha ©

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 8th (Sun), enjoy some music at Henry Doorly Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, then contemplate the long history of General Crook House Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Omaha road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Chicago to Omaha takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Omaha, with lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

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Religious Site
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
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Aquarium
Henry Doorly Zoo
4.7

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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 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then trek along Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: take in a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Omaha to Colorado Springs in 23 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Omaha in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Waterfall
Helen Hunt Falls
4.5

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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.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Kolb Studio will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moran Point and Yavapai Point. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, take a memorable drive along Point Imperial Drive, and make a trip to Powell Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site.

Take a train from Colorado Springs to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Canyon
Moran Point
4.9
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Scenic Drive
East Rim Drive
4.9

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get advice or help at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and then examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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