30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
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Flagstaff
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flagstaff
Fly
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Fresno, Fly to Kingston

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Flagstaff

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff visit planner.

Albuquerque to Flagstaff is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect Flagstaff to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 11°C. You'll set off for Grand Canyon National Park on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Flagstaff

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

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.
Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Yaki Point will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Trailview Overlook, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Flagstaff

City of Seven Wonders

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip maker tool.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Palm Springs

— 3 nights
Get in touch with nature at Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness and Idyllwild Nature Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coachella Valley History Museum and Wabi Sabi Japan Living. Take a break from Palm Springs with a short trip to CODA Gallery in Palm Desert, about 30 minutes away.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Flagstaff to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Flagstaff in September: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 44°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

West Hollywood

— 2 nights
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and then get the lay of the land with Rock 'n Walk Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the West Hollywood trip maker app.

Getting from Palm Springs to West Hollywood by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in West Hollywood: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at 2SeeWhales Harbor Breeze Cruises, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica journey planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from West Hollywood. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malibu

— 2 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 11th (Sat), kick back and relax at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, kick back and relax at Carbon Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally see some colorful creatures with Malibu Divers. On your second day here, indulge your senses at Malibu Wine Safaris, then get your bearings at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then walk around Malibu Bluffs Park, and finally stroll through Legacy Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Malibu travel route builder site.

Getting from Santa Monica to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Malibu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours. State Street Underpass and The Historic La Arcada Courtyard will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Carpinteria State Beach, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, and explore the galleries of Casa del Herrero.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip website.

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Mumm Napa. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Von Strasser Family of Wines) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tioga Pass will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect much colder with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.