18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route maker

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Portland
— 1 day
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Olympic National Park
— 1 day
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Eugene
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Pebble Beach
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
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Anaheim
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 day
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Phoenix
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San Diego
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Portland

— 1 day

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Presbyterian Church, stop by The Old Church Concert Hall, then stroll around Wintler Community Park, then wander the streets of Chinatown Gate, and finally walk around Japanese American Historical Plaza.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Portland day trip planning site.

New York City to Portland is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Portland due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Portland when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Olympic National Park

— 1 day
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park driving holiday planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland to Olympic National Park. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Portland in July; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Eugene.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Eugene

— 1 night
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. state of Oregon. On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at McKenzie River National Recreation Trail and then trek along Row River Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Eugene trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Eugene. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Olympic National Park in July: highs in Eugene hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eugene

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Marine Mammal Center, then stop by Little Italy, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and finally visit Japantown. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Filoli, stroll through Miramar Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mavericks.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker.

Fly from Eugene to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eugene in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, and finally make a trip to Pothole Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the striking features of Tor House, browse the exhibits of Carmel Mission, admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, and finally look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Pebble Beach

— 1 night
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stroll through Bird Rock Vista Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pebble Beach trip site.

Pebble Beach is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 day

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.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll through Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, learn about winemaking at Santa Barbara Winery, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Douglas Family Preserve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and finally do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour planning site.

Getting from Pebble Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Pebble Beach in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsi Lai Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Cathedral, and finally stroll through Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.

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Drive from Santa Barbara to Anaheim in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Anaheim at 86°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Anaheim

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guardian Angel Cathedral, and then enjoy the dining and entertainment at Alibi Las Vegas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip tool.

You can fly from Anaheim to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Anaheim in July: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 104°F and lows are around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Kayenta Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Monument Valley

— 1 day
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Monument Valley Navajo Market, then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., then walk around Sandstone Tours, and finally stroll through Wildcat Trail.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monument Valley journey planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Monument Valley takes 7 hours. In July in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, get engrossed in the history at Sedona Heritage Museum, contemplate the long history of Honanki Heritage Site, then stop by The Sedona Fudge Company, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Brin's Mesa Trail.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sedona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Sedona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monument Valley in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Sedona. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and then pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Renewal Center.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Phoenix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sedona in July, with highs in Phoenix at 106°F and lows at 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip site.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in July, you will find days in San Diego are cooler (77°F), and nights are a bit cooler (68°F). You will leave for home on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

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.