16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Wawona
— 1 night
Drive
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Bus to Sacramento, Fly to Hilo
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Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Kihei
— 1 night
Fly
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Honolulu
— 1 night
Fly
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Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive
8
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
10
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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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.
To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool.

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco, you'll gain 13.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Delhi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. You'll set off for Wawona on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Wawona

— 1 night
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 25th (Wed), hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area and then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wawona itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Wawona takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Wawona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Wawona

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder website.

You can drive from Wawona to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wawona in December; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 8°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hilo.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Hilo

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally wander the streets of Kalapana.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Hilo takes 13.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Hilo due to the time zone difference. In December, Hilo is much hotter than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kihei

— 1 night
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Kihei road trip planner.

Getting from Hilo to Kihei by flight takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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Honolulu

— 1 night

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial, then take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Honolulu trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Kihei to Honolulu in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Arches National Park

— 1 day

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Double Arch, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Arches National Park in 11.5 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Arches National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in December, with highs in Arches National Park at 3°C and lows at -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip maker tool.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In December in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Nature · Parks

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park, with lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): trek along Angel's Landing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 13°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 4th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.