21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Houston
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Philadelphia — 3 nights

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Valley Forge National Historical Park and The Amish Farm and House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Independence Hall and Washington Square are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Ephrata Cloister (in Ephrata) and Washington Memorial Chapel (in Valley Forge). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley, explore the galleries of Fireman's Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Masonic Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Philadelphia online driving holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Philadelphia is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in July, with highs in Philadelphia at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, contemplate the long history of Grosse Point Lighthouse, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chicago road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, things will get a bit cooler in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santa Barbara.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Mon), wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chicago to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. In July, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

San Diego — 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, walk around La Jolla Shores Park, and stroll through Black's Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Austin.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, wander the streets of Sixth Street Historic District, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally shop like a local with South Congress Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then sample some tasty brews at Bike and Brew ATX, and finally make a trip to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin road trip planning app.

Fly from San Diego to Austin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for warmer days in Austin, with highs around 43°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Houston.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Houston — 2 nights

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): have fun and explore at Children's Museum Houston, browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermann Park.

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You can fly from Austin to Houston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Houston, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Golf

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.