25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Unknown
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly to El Paso, Bus to Alamogordo
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Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive to Roswell, Fly to Saint Louis

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, then Head underground at Big Room, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Saint Louis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 17-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saint Louis in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with highs around 97°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barker Dam Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in July; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 103°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Devil's Golf Course as well as Dante's View. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Ghost Town of Schwab, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along General Grant Tree Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park driving holiday website.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and El Capitan make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

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 July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 1 night

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 23rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, and then trek along Mt. Tallac Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, then admire the natural beauty at Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Great Salt Lake and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City online attractions planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 95°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Popular historic sites such as Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver sightseeing site.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Denver in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 3 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like New Mexico Rails-to-Trails and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Kids will appreciate attractions like Alameda Park Zoo and Shroud Exhibit and Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Apple Barn, explore and take pictures at Heart of the Desert, see the interesting displays at Toy Train Depot, and engage your brain at International Space Hall of Fame.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alamogordo tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Denver to Alamogordo by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in July: high temperatures in Alamogordo hover around 94°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.