29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jacksonville
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, stroll through Bodega Head, then kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Teresa of Avila Church. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Jack London State Historic Park, and finally make a trip to Sonoma Barracks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Calistoga online vacation planner.

Sacramento to Calistoga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Calistoga are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Stanford Memorial Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Half Moon Bay (Mavericks, Cowell Ranch State Beach, &more) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, stop by Chinatown, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calistoga in December, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon Village and Bright Angel Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yavapai Geology Museum and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, hike along Rim Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour builder site.

Getting from Carmel to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Carmel to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 15°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Memphis.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then examine the collection at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellevue Baptist Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Memphis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 50°F and lows about 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 7th (Thu), wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Jacksonville

— 5 nights

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Ocean Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Andy Romano Beachfront Park and St. Augustine Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jacksonville: Ormond Beach (Ormond Beach & MacDonald House Ormond Beach Welcome Center & Offices), St. Augustine (Medieval Torture Museum & Bridge of Lions) and Lighthouse Point Park (in Ponce Inlet). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Sawgrass Country Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Atlantic Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and stroll through Jacksonville Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jacksonville trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Jacksonville by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Jacksonville is 1 hour. In January, Jacksonville is a bit warmer than Nashville - with highs of 65°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Garden District and Jackson Square will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and Frenchmen Street. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, pause for some photo ops at Our Sacred Stories, walk around New Orleans City Park, and wander the streets of Royal Street.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Jacksonville to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Jacksonville in January, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.