23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday builder
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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New Orleans — 4 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Visiting Happiness Bayou Tours and Chalmette National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Royal Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: visit Garden District, wander the streets of Frenchmen Street, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner.

Charlotte to New Orleans is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to New Orleans. Expect much hotter evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Charlotte in November, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Houston.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Houston — 3 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.
On the 30th (Mon), engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, then explore the galleries of Cockrell Butterfly Center, then admire the natural beauty at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden, and finally tee off at Hermann Park. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with The Strand, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quintana Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Brazos Bend State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Houston travel route planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Houston by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you will find days in Houston are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are a bit cooler (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park — 6 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. When in Grand Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Little Colorado River Gorge in Cameron, approximately Cameron away. On the 5th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 45°F and lows reach 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Side Trips

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Third Street Promenade. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 13th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Montana Avenue, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and shop like a local with The Grove.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Cowell Ranch State Beach. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dunes Beach (in Half Moon Bay), Mumm Napa (in Rutherford) and Sonoma Canopy Tours (in Occidental). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches
Side Trips

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.