19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary builder.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then trek along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Palm Canyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for much warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 48°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then take a stroll through The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Spring Mountains Visitor Center, examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, then have fun at Chapel of the Flowers, then examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 46°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 5th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then get great views at Yaki Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail. On your second day here, stroll through Hermit Trail, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

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.
To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur day trip website.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. June in Big Sur sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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 11th (Tue), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then stroll through Carpinteria State Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and USS Midway Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Loma and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Solterra Winery (in Encinitas) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Societe Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego route planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in June since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Griffith Observatory. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hollywood United Methodist Church and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). Enjoy Los Angeles some more: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning website.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.