13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
New York City
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
— 2 nights


New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City route planning site.

Durham to New York City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durham in April, with highs in New York City at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Albuquerque.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites


— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Albuquerque takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 20th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Rim Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque 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 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature


— 1 night

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway and then get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tucson vacation website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Tucson: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Tucson

Scenic Drive · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tucson to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tucson to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tucson in April, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to Cannon Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Cannon Beach is little chillier than Santa Barbara - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip


— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then stroll through Mercer Slough Nature Park, then walk around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle and then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seattle road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cannon Beach to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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.

Oregon Coast travel guide

State Parks · Beaches · Geologic Formations
The Beaver State
Saved from the pitfalls of modern urban development by government decisions made in the 1910s, the Oregon coast remains one of the country's most picturesque natural places to visit, featuring more than 80 state parks. Tourism from around the world thrives here all year long, with visitors eager to drive up and down this scenic stretch of the Pacific coastline, marked by rocky headlands and lush vegetation. Crossed by rivers and dotted with dense forests, the area offers nature lovers a chance to boat, fish, hike, and whale-watch. Start your Oregon vacation by exploring the northern end of the coastline, famous for its vibrant beach resorts and quaint seaside retreats.

Washington State travel guide

Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.