23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
Drive
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive
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Winslow
— 1 night
Drive
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Petrified Forest National Park
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
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Fresno
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Mission District, Painted Ladies, Lyon Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and make a trip to Book Passage.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Nature

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey route builder website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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.
To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in May, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
You've added California Science Center, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll around Beverly Gardens Park, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Phoenix.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Musical Instrument Museum as well as Legoland Discovery Center. On the 17th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Legoland Discovery Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, then explore the galleries of Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

Before you visit Phoenix, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Phoenix by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in Phoenix: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Flagstaff

— 1 night

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 19th (Wed), get impressive views of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and then sample the tasty concoctions at Historic Brewing Company.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Flagstaff trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Flagstaff takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Flagstaff at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Winslow.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Winslow

— 1 night
Winslow is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Winslow trip planner.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Winslow takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Flagstaff in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Winslow: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Winslow

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): trek along Crystal Forest Trail and then trek along Blue Mesa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Petrified Forest National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Winslow to Petrified Forest National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Winslow in May, expect Petrified Forest National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Page trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Petrified Forest National Park to Page takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Petrified Forest National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Page, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. You will leave for Zion National Park on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): cruise along Zion Shuttle.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planner.

Drive from Page to Zion National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or drive. Traveling from Page in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): try your luck at New York New York Casino and then see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in May: highs in Las Vegas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in May, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 day

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 26th (Wed): stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fresno.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Fresno

— 1 night
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, then make a trip to Old Town Clovis, then stroll around Woodward Regional Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Greek Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fresno trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Fresno by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

You've added Mission District, Painted Ladies, Lyon Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore San Francisco further: get great views at Twin Peaks, admire the striking features of San Francisco City Hall, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and visit The Embarcadero.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Fresno to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Fresno in May, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.