23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Sevierville
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Indianapolis side-trips: Mount Adams (in Cincinnati), Perfect North Slopes (in Lawrenceburg) and Monon Trail (in Carmel). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Rhythm! Discovery Center, admire the landmark architecture of Scottish Rite Cathedral, look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, and brush up on your military savvy at Indiana War Memorial.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Indianapolis trip planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Indianapolis is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lagos to Indianapolis. In December, Indianapolis is colder than Lagos - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 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.
Cheekwood and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage will appeal to history buffs. Carter House and Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine, admire the landmark architecture of Nashville Parthenon, and see the interesting displays at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nashville travel route planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Nashville is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Indianapolis in December, expect Nashville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sevierville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Sevierville

— 1 night
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, and finally see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sevierville day trip website.

You can drive from Nashville to Sevierville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in Sevierville

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Jose and The Driskill. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The San Antonio River Walk and Harry Ransom Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards, National Museum of the Pacific War, &more) and Wild About Music (in Austin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum, take in the history at Mission Espada, and contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sevierville to San Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sevierville in December: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Bergamot Station, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip site.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, San Simeon is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 20°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Badger Pass Ski Area and Half Dome will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Valley Chapel and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Poplar Beach, and then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then stroll through Lands End, and then see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.