16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Denver
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly

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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 20th (Fri), cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then explore the striking landscape at Flatirons.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Denver trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Denver. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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 Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Bring the kids along to South Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. The adventure continues: get great views at Mather Point and take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denver to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Gun Garage. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Mount Charleston. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Dig This, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas visit planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Nature · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Newport Beach. Kids will enjoy Santa Monica State Beach and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip website.

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lands End and Fort Point. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marin Headlands, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip site.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.