12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Long Beach
— 1 day
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Long Beach

— 1 day

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Shipley Nature Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of the Pacific, and then grab your bike and head to Long Beach Waterfront.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Long Beach road trip site.

Los Angeles to Long Beach is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. In April, daily temperatures in Long Beach can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip maker.

You can fly from Long Beach to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Long Beach in April: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planning app.

You can fly from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. April in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll through The Hickman Bridge Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Wash Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Capitol Reef National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Capitol Reef National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in April; daily highs in Capitol Reef National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Windows and then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in April, with highs in Arches National Park at 67°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park route maker website.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get great views at Hopi Point, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Canyonlands National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in April: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 62°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Monument Valley

— 1 night
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Wildcat Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, and then immerse yourself in nature at Goosenecks State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monument Valley holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 6 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monument Valley, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, and then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planner.

Getting from Monument Valley to Zion National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails

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.