24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Calipatria
— 1 day
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Chiriaco Summit
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Cima
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Calipatria

— 1 day
Calipatria is a city in Imperial County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes East Jesus as well as Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. On the 19th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, then make a trip to East Jesus, then contemplate the geological forces at Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Salvation Mountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Calipatria trip planner.

Palm Springs to Calipatria is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Palm Springs in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Calipatria. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chiriaco Summit.

Things to do in Calipatria

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chiriaco Summit

— 1 night
Chiriaco Summit is a small unincorporated community and travel stop located along Interstate 10 in the Colorado Desert of Southern California. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chiriaco Summit holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Calipatria to Chiriaco Summit takes 1.5 hours. December in Chiriaco Summit sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Chiriaco Summit

Museums

Joshua Tree National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ryan Mountain, Eureka Peak and Wall Street Mill. Visiting Arch Rock Nature Trail and Cottonwood Spring Oasis will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Split Rock and Cap Rock at Joshua Tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joshua Tree National Park: Mecca (Ladder Canyon Trail & International Banana Museum). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Chiriaco Summit to Joshua Tree National Park takes an hour. Traveling from Chiriaco Summit in December, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You've added Hopi Point, Hopi House, Hermit Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point, browse the exhibits of Tusayan Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point, then admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Hopi Point, then trek along Hermit Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Hermit Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online holiday maker.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 45°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cima.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cima

— 1 night
Cima is a small unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Hole in the Wall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cima trip planning app.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Cima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: highs in Cima hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 46°F. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cima

Nature · Parks

Death Valley National Park

— 4 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Badwater Basin, Geologist's Cabin, Gold Point Ghost Town, and other attractions you added. Charcoal Kilns and Eureka Mine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as The Racetrack and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, and take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park route maker.

You can drive from Cima to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cima to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cima in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
You've added Chilnualna Falls, Panorama Trail, Gaylor Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Tuolumne County Museum and Veterans Memorial Hall & Military Museum. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Four Mile Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and Mammoth Crest Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Mono Lake County Park and Inyo Craters. When in Mammoth Lakes, make a side trip to see Mono Basin Historical Society in Lee Vining, approximately Lee Vining away.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cedar Grove Visitor Center and General Sherman Tree. Explore hidden gems such as Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Big Stump Basin. There's more to do: stroll through Moro Rock Trail and cruise along Generals Hwy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.