20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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San Antonio
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Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Scottsdale
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs

— 1 night

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head outdoors with Cedar Glades, take a peaceful walk through Ouachita National Forest, don't miss a visit to Arkansas Walk of Fame, then trek along Grand Promenade, and finally learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with Xtreme Strike Guide Service and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs tour website.

Miami to Hot Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Miami to Hot Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in September, Hot Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Austin online attractions planner.

Getting from Hot Springs to Austin by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You'll set off for San Antonio on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Austin

Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

San Antonio

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and then stroll through Medina River Natural Area.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Antonio travel route builder website.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Wildlife

Big Bend National Park

— 1 night
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 4th (Fri), hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail, then delve into the mystery of Chihuahuan Desert, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pine Canyon Trail and then trek along Lost Mine Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park vacation planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Big Bend National Park are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 1 night
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip builder tool.

Drive from Big Bend National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Big Bend National Park in September; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 86°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac, then stroll through Tucson Mountain Park, then tee off at Starr Pass Golf Club, and finally have fun at Fox Theater.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tucson trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, Tucson is somewhat warmer than Carlsbad Caverns National Park - with highs of 92°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Nature · Golf · Wildlife

Scottsdale

— 1 night
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, tee off at Troon North Golf Club, then trek along Tom's Thumb Trailhead, and finally hike along Sunrise Peak Trail.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Scottsdale holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Scottsdale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Tucson in September, things will get a bit warmer in Scottsdale: highs are around 99°F and lows about 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Side Trip

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours, then stop by Psychic Readings by Nirup, then hike along Doe Mountain Trail, and finally hike along Bear Mountain Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip tool.

You can drive from Scottsdale to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in September; daily highs in Sedona reach 85°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection and then don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at LA Waterfront Cruises, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner.

Getting from Sedona to Los Angeles by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planning site.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 79°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: highs in Big Sur hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. You will leave for Monterey on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): find your balance on the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 15th (Tue), hike along Moro Rock Trail, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

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.
Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (74°F), and nights are colder (38°F). On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

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 18th (Fri): try your luck at Palazzo Resort Casino, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and finally ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Nature

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
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

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
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.

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.