16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly
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Austin
— 1 day
Drive
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Dallas
— 1 night
Fly
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Biloxi
— 1 night
Drive
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Gulf Shores
— 1 night
Drive
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Pensacola
— 1 night
Drive
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Gainesville
— 1 day
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Indio/Palm Springs
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, and then admire the masterpieces at The Broad.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Gainesville to Los Angeles is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Gainesville to Los Angeles. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Austin

— 1 day

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 21st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum and then get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Austin trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Austin by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Austin are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grapevine Historic Main Street District.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas attractions planner.

Getting from Austin to Dallas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Biloxi.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Biloxi

— 1 night

Playground of the South

A busy city on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is one of the nation's oldest communities, first settled by Europeans in 1699.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Beauvoir, and then try your luck at Beau Rivage Casino.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Biloxi road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Biloxi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Biloxi, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Biloxi

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Gulf Shores

— 1 night
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. On the 24th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Biloxi to Gulf Shores takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Gulf Shores can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Pensacola.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Pensacola

— 1 night

Western Gate to the Sunshine State

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort Barrancas, then visit a coastal fixture at Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Historic Pensacola Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pensacola online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to Pensacola in an hour. December in Pensacola sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gainesville.

Things to do in Pensacola

Historic Sites · Museums

Gainesville

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Florida Museum of Natural History, then take in nature's colorful creations at Butterfly Rainforest, then identify plant and animal life at University of Florida Bat House, and finally walk around A Nan Buddhist Statue Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gainesville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pensacola to Gainesville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Pensacola to Gainesville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pensacola in December: highs in Gainesville hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Step out of the city life by going to South Kaibab Trail and Grandview Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hopi Point and Mather Point. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park route planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Gainesville to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Gainesville to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Gainesville - with highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs in 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect Palm Springs to be warmer, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in December, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be little chillier, temps between 61°F and 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
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.