20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
train + foot + Fly:  12​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
13
New York City
— 3 nights
End: New York City

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Adventures Tours as well as The Strip. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): go sightseeing with Grand Adventures Tours, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, engage your brain at Bodies The Exhibition, see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and finally examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas planner .

Denver to Las Vegas is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 93°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Grand Adventures Tours ©
Grand Adventures Tours

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
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 16th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon and then explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Checkerboard Mesa, snap pictures at Rockville Bridge, then stroll through Watchman Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail.

Discover how to plan a Zion National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rockville Bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Checkerboard Mesa ©
Checkerboard Mesa
Rockville Bridge ©
Rockville Bridge

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Lower Antelope Canyon, then get engrossed in the history at Powell Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Page online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Page takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Page, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Grand Canyon National Park

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.
To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Page in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect Sedona to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sedona

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail
Son Silver West Gallery ©
Son Silver West Gallery

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Jolla Cove. On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to San Diego. Traveling from Sedona in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 21st (Fri), make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 79°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ostrich Land, Carpinteria State Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Fess Parker, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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 23rd (Sun): hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then explore and take pictures at Manzanar National Historic Site. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and finally hike along Panoramic Point.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 25th (Tue): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach, and finally admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Del Monte Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, then do a tasting at Testarossa, then take a stroll through Willow Glen, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Computer History Museum, Testarossa
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take a stroll through SoMa.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning site .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Bay Head Beach and Corey Beach. 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Hudson River Expeditions (in Cold Spring), Orange County Arboretum (in Montgomery) and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (in Shirley). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Manasquan Beach, head outdoors with Goshen Historic Track, stroll through 8th Ave Jetty, and make a trip to Fifth Avenue.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hudson River Expeditions, 8th Ave Jetty, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Orange County Arboretum, Bay Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Greenwich Village ©
Greenwich Village

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