26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Alexandria
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Billings
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Seattle
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Portland
— 1 night
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Crater Lake National Park
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Grants Pass
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Redwood National Park
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Junction
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Denver
— 6 nights
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Lincoln
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Chicago
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Alexandria

— 1 night
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alexandria online visit planner.

Muskegon to Alexandria is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Muskegon to Alexandria due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Muskegon in December: high temperatures in Alexandria hover around 23°F and lows are around 11°F. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Billings.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Billings

— 1 night
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Billings travel planner.

Getting from Alexandria to Billings by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Billings. Traveling from Alexandria in December, expect Billings to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°F and 17°F. You will leave for Seattle on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Snoqualmie Falls, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Pioneer Square.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seattle tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Billings to Seattle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Billings to Seattle. In December, Seattle is a bit warmer than Billings - with highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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Portland

— 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden and then stop by Powell's City of Books.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Portland trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping

Crater Lake National Park

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park driving holiday site.

Drive from Portland to Crater Lake National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Crater Lake National Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. You will leave for Grants Pass on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grants Pass

— 1 night
Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of, Josephine County, Oregon, United States. Make your Grants Pass itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Grants Pass takes 2 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in December, you will find days in Grants Pass are slightly colder (40°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Grants Pass

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Redwood National Park road trip tool.

Drive from Grants Pass to Redwood National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grants Pass in December; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 55°F and lows reach 40°F. On the 31st (Thu), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Revolver Gallery, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 59°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Junction takes 7.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 15°F. You will leave for Denver on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Denver

— 6 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.
Visiting Off-Road Tours and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Denver Botanic Gardens. Step out of Denver to go to Estes Park and see Spas, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

You can fly from Grand Junction to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Junction in January: high temperatures in Denver hover around 44°F and lows are around 21°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Lincoln.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 1 night
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip builder.

You can fly from Denver to Lincoln in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in January; daily highs in Lincoln reach 36°F and lows reach 14°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Chicago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Chicago sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 18°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.