26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Stateline
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Tucson
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Crissy Field, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, then appreciate the history behind Coit Tower, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Napa

— 3 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). Dedicate the 28th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and stop by Woodhouse Chocolate.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa driving holiday planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Stateline.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Stateline

— 2 nights
Stateline is a census-designated place (CDP) on the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. On the 30th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Lake Tahoe Yoga, then play a few rounds at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, and then try to win big at Harveys Casino.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Stateline trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to Stateline in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Stateline, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Stateline

Outdoors · Golf · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz route tool.

Fly from Stateline to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Stateline, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to State Street Underpass, and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Scenic Drive

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in San Diego. On the 5th (Fri), you're off to Tucson.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Tucson

— 4 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Tucson is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, and immerse yourself in nature at Catalina State Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tucson trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Tucson takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Tucson to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Las Vegas

— 7 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). There's much more to do: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, get interesting insight from Tours, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, and explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip tool.

Getting from Tucson to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tucson to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. In August in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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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.