18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  20​h 15​min
End: Houston

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque holiday planner .

Houston to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Houston in July since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 22nd (Sun): get great views at Yaki Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Albuquerque - with highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
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 24th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 104°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

few
hours
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip site .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (77°F), and nights are slightly colder (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Monica Mountains in Santa Monica (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

few
hours
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
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.
To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off toSalt Lake City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be much warmer, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

1
night
Aspen

Aspen
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Make your Aspen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (77°F), and nights are colder (46°F). You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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