18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Moab
— 1 night
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Tucumcari
— 1 night
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at KOLI Equestrian Center, get outside with Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, and then find something for the whole family at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and then look for gifts at Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

Washington DC to Phoenix is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Phoenix to be a bit warmer, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Fullerton Museum Center (in Fullerton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire nature's extreme beauty at The Huntington Desert Garden, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker website.

You can fly from Phoenix to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides (in Yountville) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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 6th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country and then hit the best photo ops around with Tahoe Photographic Tours. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, then relax and rejuvenate at Lake Tahoe Yoga, and finally fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 45°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at New York New York Casino, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

Make your Las Vegas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (40°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Casinos · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Zion National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 52°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then see the world from above with Pinnacle Helicopters.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Moab tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In January, Moab is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 36°F and lows of 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cañon City.

Things to do in Moab

Tours · Outdoors

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 13th (Wed), push the limits with Lost Paddle Rafting, then take an unforgettable tour with Royal Gorge Helitours, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cañon City planner.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Cañon City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moab in January, with highs in Cañon City at 49°F and lows at 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Cañon City

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Tucumcari

— 1 night
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tucumcari road trip planner.

You can drive from Cañon City to Tucumcari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Tucumcari, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 24°F at night. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.