21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route builder

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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Balmorhea
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Tram to Downtown Long Beach Station, Ferry to Avalon
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Avalon
— 1 night
Ferry to Long Beach, Fly to Morro Bay
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Oakland
— 6 nights

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Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nashville day trip tool.

Washington to Nashville is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Nashville

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Hot Springs Mountain and then trek along Grand Promenade.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs day trip planning app.

Fly from Nashville to Hot Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. You will leave for Austin on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Austin

— 2 nights

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 traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Austin online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Austin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Balmorhea.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Balmorhea

— 1 night
Balmorhea is a city in Reeves County, in the U.S. state of Texas. On the 24th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Balmorhea State Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Calera Chapel, and then explore the activities along Lake Balmorhea.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Balmorhea trip planner.

Getting from Austin to Balmorhea by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Austin in June since evenings lows in Balmorhea dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Balmorhea

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 25th (Fri): have fun and explore at Children's Museum Tucson, then have fun at Fox Theater, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Arizona, get to know the resident critters at Reid Park Zoo, and then get in on the family fun at Trail Dust Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tucson route builder app.

Traveling by car from Balmorhea to Tucson takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Balmorhea to Tucson. In June, plan for daily highs up to 101°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

San Diego

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach, then kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from Tucson to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tucson to San Diego. Expect colder weather when traveling from Tucson in June: highs in San Diego hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Avalon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Avalon

— 1 night
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. On the 30th (Wed), stroll through Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, hike along Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stop by Afishinados Gallery.

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You can do a combination of tram and ferry from Los Angeles to Avalon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Avalon, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Avalon

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Morro Bay online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Avalon to Morro Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, tram, and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Avalon in July since evenings lows in Morro Bay dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Museums · Nature · Parks

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): go for a walk through West Cliff Drive and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Morro Bay to Santa Cruz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Morro Bay in July, plan for little chillier days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oakland.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Oakland

— 6 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balloon Rides and Safari West. Venture out of the city with trips to Napa (Laces and Limos & Napa Valley Distillery), Calistoga (Madrigal Family Winery & Castello di Amorosa) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oakland online trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Oakland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. July in Oakland sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will leave for home on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Oakland

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.