17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 4 nights
Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Beacon Ave S & 27th Ave S
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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West Glacier
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lions, Tigers & Bears and Maritime Museum of San Diego. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, San Diego is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and VGS Chateau Potelle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Honig Vineyard & Winery (in Rutherford) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's much more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Portland

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Haystack Rock and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Take a break from the city and head to Ecola State Park and Multnomah Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria Column (in Astoria) and Cannon Beach (in Cannon Beach). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, stop by Powell's City of Books, and snap pictures at Hawthorne Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Portland tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Portland, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 12th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Portland to Friday Harbor in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Portland in April, plan for little chillier days in Friday Harbor, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Flight and Kerry Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and pick up some local products at Pike Place Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In April in Seattle, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

West Glacier

— 2 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, then head outdoors with John's Lake Loop, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read West Glacier trip planner.

Fly from Seattle to West Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seattle to West Glacier, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in April, with highs in West Glacier at 56°F and lows at 30°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.