18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 1 day
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Austin
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
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Pueblo of Acoma
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Gallup
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
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Santa Ana
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
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Las Vegas
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, examine the collection at Frontiers of Flight Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crow Collection of Asian Art, then admire the natural beauty at Nasher Sculpture Center, and finally look for gifts at Wild Bill's Western Store.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dallas itinerary planning website.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Dallas is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Porto Alegre in January, expect Dallas to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Houston.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Houston

— 1 day

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then admire the natural beauty at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip site.

Traveling by car from Dallas to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In January, Houston is somewhat warmer than Dallas - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Rainey Street and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Texas State Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Austin online journey planner.

You can fly from Houston to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Austin, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Austin

Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 1 night
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Austin to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in January, with highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park at 16°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. To find out how to plan a trip to Alamogordo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 4.5 hours. January in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife West Nature Park.

Before you visit Albuquerque, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 11°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pueblo of Acoma.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Pueblo of Acoma

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pueblo of Acoma online attractions planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Pueblo of Acoma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Pueblo of Acoma, with lows around -11°C. You'll set off for Gallup on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Pueblo of Acoma

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Museums

Gallup

— 1 night
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gallup day trip site.

You can drive from Pueblo of Acoma to Gallup in 1.5 hours. January in Gallup sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -10°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Gallup

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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 16th (Thu): get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gallup to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online road trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 day
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hike along Split Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

Plan a Joshua Tree National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, daily temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Ana.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Santa Ana

— 1 night
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Pacific Marine Mammal Center and then get engrossed in the history at Bowers Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Ana trip planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Ana in 3 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, expect Santa Ana to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner.

You can drive from Santa Ana to Los Angeles in an hour. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monterey day trip planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Monterey in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In January, Monterey is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 21st (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Big Stump Basin and then fly down the slopes at Diamond Peak.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are warmer (3°C). You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park vacation builder.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In January in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Las Vegas

— 1 day

Sin City

Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Santa Fe. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: highs in Santa Fe hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -7°C. You'll set off for Dallas on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Crow Collection of Asian Art, get engrossed in the history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Rainbow Vomit. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Old Red Museum, then stop by Wild Bill's Western Store, then examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and finally stroll the grounds of Pioneer Park Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Dallas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe to Dallas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in January, with highs in Dallas at 16°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.