17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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New Orleans
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and finally shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and finally contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner.

Los Angeles to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Annenberg Community Beach House and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with The Grove, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planning app.

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 103°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, and finally stop by Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Phoenix in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Phoenix are 107°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Albuquerque

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 25th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Wright's Indian Art and then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Albuquerque takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in June, with highs in Albuquerque at 93°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Shopping

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio route site.

Getting from Albuquerque to San Antonio by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque to San Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Antonio when traveling from Albuquerque in June, with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): wander the streets of 6th Street, take in the exciting artwork at Wild About Music, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The National WWII Museum and French Quarter. Get some historical perspective at St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA and get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Orleans road trip planner.

Getting from Austin to New Orleans by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in June, plan for little chillier days in New Orleans, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 83°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.