22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey builder

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New York City
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Pacifica
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The High Line.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read New York City itinerary planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

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.
To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Nightlife · Shopping · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at Exploratorium, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pacifica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Pacifica

Pacifica is a city in San Mateo County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pacifica road trip planner.

Pacifica is just a stone's throw from San Francisco. In October, daily temperatures in Pacifica can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pacifica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz route planning website.

You can drive from Pacifica to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pacifica in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in October: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Carmel on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Carmel

— 1 night
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. To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel travel route website.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Big Sur on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur journey maker website.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Santa Barbara

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then stop by Fox Fine Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara route site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hike along Bright Angel Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker app.

Drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 26th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip builder site.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in October, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Half Dome.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are much colder (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then try your luck at Harveys Casino.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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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.