18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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New York City
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mojave
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
Drive
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
Drive
8
Santa Barbara
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
10
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
11
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
12
Tahoma
— 1 day
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly

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New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, walk around The High Line, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to New York City is minus 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Mojave

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mojave in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Mojave due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mojave, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Nightlife

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park travel route builder.

Getting from Mojave to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Mojave in September, plan for little chillier nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 20°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey builder.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey maker.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica online vacation maker.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Santa Monica hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 1st (Tue), hike along Mariposa Grove, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 2nd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, examine the collection at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tahoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Tahoma

— 1 day
Tahoma is a census-designated place in Placer and El Dorado counties, California, United States. On the 4th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, then steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tahoma road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Tahoma in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Tahoma are little chillier (20°C), and nights are cooler (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Tahoma

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): catch a live event at Oracle Park, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then don't miss a visit to Book Passage.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tahoma to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tahoma in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.