30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Lake Arrowhead
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
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Mariposa
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island as well as San Francisco Bay. Head to See's Candies and Monterey Marketfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bodega Head and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay) and Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve (in Moss Beach).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Wayfarers Chapel, kick back and relax at Redondo Beach, then contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand. On your second day here, look for gifts at Grand Central Market, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disney California Adventure Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park and then examine the collection at Fullerton Museum Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim travel route builder app.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. July in Anaheim sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

San Diego

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Fashion Valley and The Warm Hearth. Visiting Lions, Tigers & Bears and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and The Bird Watcher (in Julian). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Mission Beach Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market, and get some fabulous bargains at Las Americas Premium Outlets.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego travel route planning app.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Lake Arrowhead.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lake Arrowhead day trip website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Lake Arrowhead takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat 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 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Lake Arrowhead

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Willow Beach and Battlefield Vegas. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Spring Mountains Visitor Center in Mount Charleston, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Show Mall and look for gifts at M&M'S World Las Vegas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Arrowhead to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Arrowhead in July, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point and then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, then take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and finally make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Mono Lake County Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and June Lake Loop. Step out of Mammoth Lakes with an excursion to Travertine Hot Spring in Bridgeport--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Crystal Lake trail, take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, and look for gifts at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online holiday planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 33°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mariposa.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Mariposa

— 1 night
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mariposa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Mariposa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, with highs in Mariposa at 42°C and lows at 20°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mariposa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

On the 28th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Vista Point, and finally contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Mariposa to San Francisco in 3 hours. While traveling from Mariposa, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.