17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boise
— 1 night
Drive
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Billings
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
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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 16th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and then examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Coit Tower, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally stroll through Lands End.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, and then get some jogging in at Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sacramento trip builder website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, admire the natural beauty at Hoyt Arboretum, and then hike along Forest Park. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then hike along Oneonta Gorge, and then stroll through Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Portland takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sacramento in July, plan for slightly colder days in Portland, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Seattle

— 2 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 in touch with nature at Bloedel Reserve and Washington Park Arboretum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kerry Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Chihuly Bridge of Glass (in Tacoma), Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (in Olympia) and Champion Arms (in Kent). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seattle travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Seattle

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Boise travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Boise takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Boise due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in Boise hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 64°F. You will leave for Billings on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Billings

— 3 nights
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Get outdoors at Four Dances Recreation Area and Basin Creek Lakes Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pictograph Cave State Park and Pryor Mountains. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Red Lodge (Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Fork Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Billings trip planning tool.

You can drive from Boise to Billings in 10.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Boise in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Billings, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Take a break from the city and head to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History Museum of Utah and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Sundance Resort (in Wallsburg) and Roots of Knowledge (in Orem). There's still lots to do: stroll through City Creek Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, and take in breathtaking views at Millcreek Canyon.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip builder app.

Getting from Billings to Salt Lake City by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer than Billings - with highs of 95°F and lows of 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.