27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 1 night
Bus to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Fly to Joshua Tree National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights

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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, trek along Moro Rock Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then trek along Big Stump Basin.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and finally explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In January in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Las Vegas — 2 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and then examine the collection at The Neon Museum. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Zion National Park — 1 night

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 13°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Nature · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Bryce Canyon National Park — 2 nights

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, and then take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in January, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 2°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Moab.
Nature · Parks

Moab — 1 night

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then trek along Arches National Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Moab trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moab, with lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Page.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails

Page — 1 night

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 22nd (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Powell, and then admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Page travel planning app.

You can drive from Moab to Page in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Moab in January; daily highs in Page reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.
Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Monument Valley — 2 nights

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Step out of Monument Valley to go to Mexican Hat and see Valley of the Gods, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

Discover how to plan a Monument Valley trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Page to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Page in January, with highs in Monument Valley at 3°C and lows at -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.
Tours · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip

Sedona — 1 night

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trek along Airport Mesa, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally view the masterpieces at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Sedona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In January, Sedona is a bit warmer than Monument Valley - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.
Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Joshua Tree National Park — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sedona in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.
Parks · Nature

Palm Springs — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands Center & Gardens and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online trip maker.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

San Diego — 1 night

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 30th (Mon).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night.
Theme Parks · Nature · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.