21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour itinerary planner.

Washington to Nashville is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington in September, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Nashville

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain and then hike along Grand Promenade.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Nashville to Hot Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Austin.

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 find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Austin travel route builder website.

You can fly from Hot Springs to Austin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Austin, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Balmorhea.

Things to do in Austin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Balmorhea

— 1 night
Balmorhea is a city in Reeves County, in the U.S. state of Texas. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Balmorhea State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Calera Chapel, and then explore the activities along Lake Balmorhea.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Balmorhea day trip site.

You can drive from Austin to Balmorhea in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Austin in September, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Balmorhea. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Balmorhea

Parks · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): have fun and explore at Children's Museum Tucson, have fun at Fox Theater, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and design of University of Arizona, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reid Park Zoo, and then get in on the family fun at Trail Dust Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tucson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Balmorhea to Tucson takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Tucson

Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

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 9th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Carlsbad State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit planner.

Fly from Tucson to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Tucson, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. On the 12th (Sun), 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 12th (Sun), stroll through Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, then trek along Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally stop by Afishinados Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Avalon tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of tram and ferry from Los Angeles to Avalon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in Avalon, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Natural History, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Morro Bay online route 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. Traveling from Avalon in September, plan for little chillier nights in Morro Bay, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
On the 14th (Tue), go for a walk through West Cliff Drive and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planner.

You can fly from Morro Bay to Santa Cruz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Morro Bay in September: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oakland.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oakland

— 6 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balloon Rides and Safari West. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oakland: Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena), Napa (Laces and Limos & Napa Valley Distillery) and Calistoga (Madrigal Family Winery & Castello di Amorosa).

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oakland visit app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Oakland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In September, daytime highs in Oakland are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Oakland

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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.