18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Las Vegas
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Salt Lake City
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Omaha
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Chicago
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Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore and learn at The Mob Museum and Clark County Heritage Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Nostalgia Street Rods. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, engage your brain at DISCOVERY Children's Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary builder website.

New York City to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Salt Lake City

— 4 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Get some historical perspective at Temple Square and Cathedral of the Madeleine. Bring the kids along to Backcountry Snowmobiling and Jupiter Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Thanksgiving Point (in Lehi), Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City) and North Forty Escapes (in Oakley). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of Saint Mark.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, things will get a bit cooler in Salt Lake City: highs are around 39°F and lows about 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Omaha.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Omaha

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Museum of American Speed and Saunders County Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The Durham Museum and Old Market Artists Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Omaha online road trip planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Omaha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Science and Industry and The Art Institute of Chicago. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Field Museum and Oriental Institute Museum. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Chicago online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Omaha in December, with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.