12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis trip planner.

Newark to Saint Louis is an approximately 14.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. You will leave for Dallas on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Museums

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stop by Bishop Arts District, then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dallas planning site.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Dallas in 11 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Saint Louis in June since evenings lows in Dallas dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · 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 12th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park planning website.

Traveling by car from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 42°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Strip and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 103°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

San Francisco

— 1 night

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 15th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, San Francisco is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Monica takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Monica when traveling from San Francisco in June, with lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

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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.