29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation maker

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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Lake Arrowhead
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. Head to Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resortfor plenty of shopping. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Nelson Ghost Town (in Nelson). There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at Strip Gun Club, stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas, and browse the different shops at The Forum Shops at Caesars.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. In July, Las Vegas is warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to East Rim Drive and North Kaibab Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Yaki Point and Hermit Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, get great views at Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, and hike along Hermit Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

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. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 day

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online travel planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Four Mile Trail and Minaret Vista. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Change things up with a short trip to Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona (about 3 hours away). It doesn't end there: stroll through Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and then hike along Rubicon Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, tee off at Coyote Moon Golf Course, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee route planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, Truckee is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Golf · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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 in touch with nature at Bodega Head and Mori Point. Do your shopping at Stanford Shopping Center and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales), Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Drakes Estero (in Inverness). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and shop like a local with Monterey Market.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Truckee to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Truckee in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve, get curious at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Wilder Ranch State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz road trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lovers Point, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then shop like a local with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally walk around Dennis the Menace Park. On your second day here, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, stop by Alapay Cellars, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pismo Beach day trip app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Bike Path, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Malibu Hindu Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Wayfarers Chapel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Monica itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lake Arrowhead.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Arrowhead

— 1 night
Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California, within the San Bernardino National Forest, surrounding the Lake Arrowhead Reservoir. On the 25th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Woods, then take in nature's colorful creations at Heaps Peak Arboretum, and then head outdoors with Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Arrowhead attractions planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Lake Arrowhead in 2 hours. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lake Arrowhead, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Lake Arrowhead

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Attractions like Mission Beach Boardwalk and Fashion Valley make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Windansea Beach. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Moonlight State Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, stop by Upstart Crow, get some fabulous bargains at Las Americas Premium Outlets, and buy something for everyone on your list at Coronado Ferry Landing.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit planner.

Drive from Lake Arrowhead to San Diego in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Lake Arrowhead in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.