15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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New York City
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Washington DC
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Las Vegas
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Coachella
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
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San Luis Obispo
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San Simeon
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Big Sur
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Monterey
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Santa Cruz
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San Jose
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San Francisco
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New York City — 1 day

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial and then explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City online visit planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City. In April, daytime highs in New York City are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Washington DC.
Museums · Historic Sites

Washington DC — 1 night

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Las Vegas.
Museums · Nature · Parks

Las Vegas — 1 night

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip tool.

Fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in April; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 31°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get great views at Lookout Studio, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (19°C), and nights are cooler (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coachella.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Coachella — 1 night

Coachella is a city in Riverside County, California; it is the easternmost city in the region collectively known as the Coachella Valley (or the Palm Springs area). Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): try to win big at Spotlight 29 Casino and then try your luck at Augustine Casino.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Coachella online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Coachella by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April; daily highs in Coachella reach 38°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.
Casinos · Fun & Games

San Diego — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego online holiday planner.

You can drive from Coachella to San Diego in 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Coachella in April: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then get in on the family fun at Pacific Park, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
Nature · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip

Santa Barbara — 1 night

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 16th (Sat): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.
Historic Sites

San Luis Obispo — 1 night

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and then awaken your taste buds at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.
Tours · Wineries · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

Plan a San Simeon trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.
Wildlife · Parks · Wineries · Beaches

Big Sur — 1 night

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then trek along Partington Cove.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Santa Cruz — 1 night

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, have fun and explore at Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.
Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

San Jose — 1 night

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Jose in April, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

United States travel guide

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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.