5 days in United States Itinerary

5 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Kansas City
— 1 day
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Denver
— 1 night


Kansas City

— 1 day

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then get to know the resident critters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City online tour planner.

Des Moines to Kansas City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In October in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Kansas City to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 23rd (Fri), hike along South Kaibab Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 31°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature


— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver journey builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.