17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Step out of San Francisco to go to Half Moon Bay and see Gray Whale Cove State Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of The Embarcadero, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, and see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Cruz Main Beach.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Ocean Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand State Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To find maps and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from San Jose to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in September, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, and then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Queen Mary, then browse the different shops at Shoreline Village, and then kick back and relax at Torrance Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along Magness Memorial Tree Farm and then immerse yourself in nature at Champoeg State Heritage Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Powell's City of Books, then contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Officers' Row.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Portland takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Portland to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Nordstrom Rack. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Museum of Flight and Glasshouse Studio. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, browse the range of quality goods at Nordstrom, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Union.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Portland to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Seattle, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

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.