26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Seattle
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Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff

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Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Tacoma (Tacoma Art Museum & Washington State History Museum). Next up on the itinerary: pick up some local products at Pike Place Market, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle itinerary planning app.

Cardiff, UK to Seattle is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Portland

— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Portland is known for parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Powell's City of Books, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, deepen your understanding at Portland State University, and make a trip to Pittock Mansion.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Los Angeles

— 4 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'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego driving holiday site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trip

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix road trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Phoenix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix. Expect little chillier evenings in Phoenix when traveling from San Diego in January, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then stroll around Cathedral Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online journey planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Santa Fe by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Santa Fe is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 7°C and lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 3rd (Wed), examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey planning site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.