22 days in United States & Iraq Itinerary

22 days in United States & Iraq Itinerary

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22 days in United States & Iraq Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
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Phoenix, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Sedona, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
6
Baghdad, Iraq
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
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San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Phoenix, United States

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Phoenix, United States

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chandler, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center

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Sedona, United States

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 54°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Spas

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Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, trek along Bright Angel Trail, and get great views at Shoshone Point.

Find out how to plan Grand Canyon National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in January: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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Las Vegas, United States

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 out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 59°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Sulaymaniyah ©
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan and westernized cities in Iraq, vibrant Sulaymaniyah boasts a strong cultural scene with a good selection of museums and educational institutions.
On the 21st (Tue), have fun at Chavi Land.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah online vacation builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Las Vegas to Sulaymaniyah. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Sulaymaniyah is 11 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Fun & Games
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Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land

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Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Historic Sites
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

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Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, then steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, then walk around Minaret Park, and finally stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park.

To plan Erbil vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Baghdad to Erbil by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Erbil, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Erbil to New York City. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 8 hours. In January, New York City is little chillier than Erbil - with highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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