19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then stroll around Kerry Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Columbia Center, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bloedel Reserve and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seattle journey builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Seattle, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. You will leave for Portland on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portland

— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Powell's City of Books. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum in Hood River--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, take in the views from Tilikum Crossing, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and stroll around Laurelhurst Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Portland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then walk around Fox Run Regional Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Ute Valley Park, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online holiday planner.

You can fly from Portland to Colorado Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Strip Gun Club. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at The Range 702.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Parks · Tours · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 17th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, and then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site.

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Nature

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.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.