17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Petersen Automotive Museum. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, get lost in a book at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Perth, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Perth to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 4th (Sat), get in on the family fun at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix road trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix. In January in Phoenix, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Phoenix in January, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 7°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then have fun at Gun Garage. On your second day here, get your game on at Dig This, then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To plan Las Vegas vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: highs in Las Vegas hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Nature · Parks · Tours

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monterey road trip website.

Fly from Las Vegas to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Monterey, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route builder app.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.