20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Singapore


Santa Monica — 4 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wayfarers Chapel and Shotgun House. Bring the kids along to Long Beach Waterfront and El Matador State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura) and Mullin Automotive Museum (in Oxnard). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Pacific Park, get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail, and see the interesting displays at Automobile Driving Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica online trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Santa Monica is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to Santa Monica. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Santa Monica to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Clark County Wetlands Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ghost & Vampire Tours and Springs Preserve. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Clark County Heritage Museum in Henderson, approximately Henderson away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, examine the collection at ELVIS: The Exhibition, tee off at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, and shop like a local with The Gallery at Aria.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip site.

Fly from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. In October, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Santa Fe.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Santa Fe — 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and finally examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get curious at Bradbury Science Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, and then hike along Tsankawi.

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Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Trails
Side Trip

Roswell — 4 nights

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Kids will enjoy Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico - BY APPOINTMENT 24 HOURS AHEAD and Kenneth Wyatt Galleries. Explore Roswell's surroundings by going to Ruidoso (Old West Studio & Grindstone Lake Trail), Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery (in Hondo) and Fort Stanton Historical Site (in Fort Stanton). There's still lots to do: cruise along Pecos River, view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, learn about all things military at General Douglas L. McBride Military Museum, and stop by Rustic Essentials Soap Company.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Roswell day trip planning site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Roswell by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Roswell is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 30°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trips

Sedona — 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Brin's Mesa Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Huckaby Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, then explore the world behind art at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Roswell to Sedona in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Roswell in October since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Joshua Tree National Park.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

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 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak, then contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then hike along Cap Rock at Joshua Tree.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sedona in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Hollywood.
Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Nature

West Hollywood — 2 nights

West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Monrovia Canyon Park, then see the sky in a new way at Mount Wilson Observatory, and then hike along Mt Lowe Railway Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Bible, then steep yourself in history at William S. Hart Museum & Ranch, and then stop by Book Soup.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our West Hollywood online tour planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to West Hollywood in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in West Hollywood: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.
Museums · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trips

California travel guide

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.

Nevada travel guide

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.

New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.