31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Larkspur
— 2 nights
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
5
Ely
— 1 night
6
Ogden
— 1 night
7
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
8
Gardiner
— 2 nights
9
Broadus
— 1 night
10
Sturgis
— 1 night
11
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
12
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
13
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
14
Rockford
— 2 nights
15
Chicago
— 2 nights
16
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
17
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
18
Carmel
— 1 night
19
San Francisco
— Few hours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, visit Fisherman's Wharf, thensteep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, thenstroll through Lands End, thensnap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cairns, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Larkspur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End ©
Lands End

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Larkspur

Larkspur ©
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. On the 21st (Sat), walk around Imagination Park and then hunt for treasures at Marin Country Mart. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Phoenix Lake, contemplate the long history of American Legion Log Cabin, thenbrowse the collection at Carnegie Library, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lagunitas.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Larkspur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Larkspur in an hour. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Larkspur, with highs around °C, while nights are little chillier with lows around °C. You'll set off for Sacramento on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Larkspur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

San Anselmo, Lake Lagunitas, Phoenix Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lagunitas ©
Lake Lagunitas
Marin Country Mart ©
Marin Country Mart
Imagination Park ©
Imagination Park

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Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sacramento online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Larkspur to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Larkspur in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Sacramento. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, thenshop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and finally stroll through Nevada Beach Campground. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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Ely

Ely ©
Ely is the largest city and county seat of White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Cave Lake State Park, examine the collection at White Pine Public Museum, thentry your luck at Jailhouse Casino, thenhead outdoors with Garnet Hill, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ely trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Ely by car takes about 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ogden.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors Museums Nature

Side Trip

Cave Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Garnet Hill ©
Garnet Hill
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park ©
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Jailhouse Casino ©
Jailhouse Casino

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Ogden

Ogden ©
Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10mi east of the Great Salt Lake and 40mi north of Salt Lake City. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get in on the family fun at George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, examine the collection at Utah State Railroad Museum, see the interesting displays at John M. Browning Firearms Museum, admire the striking features of Union Station, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Ogden Botanical Gardens, and finally have fun and explore at Treehouse Children's Museum. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Ogden Nature Center, thensee the interesting displays at Hill Aerospace Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Buenaventura.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ogden online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ely to Ogden takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ogden when traveling from Ely in September, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Ogden

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Stump
Highlights from your plan
Ogden Botanical Gardens ©
Ogden Botanical Gardens
Historic 25th Street ©
Historic 25th Street
Fort Buenaventura ©
Fort Buenaventura

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 29th (Sun), head outdoors with Bridger Gondola.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ogden to Jackson Hole in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ogden in September; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach °C and lows reach °C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Gardiner.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors

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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, look for gifts at Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets, and then don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner holiday maker website.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Gardiner in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Gardiner. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Broadus.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots

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Broadus

Broadus ©
Broadus is a town in and the county seat of Powder River County, Montana, United States. On the 1st (Tue), examine the collection at Powder River Historical Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Broadus online road trip planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Broadus by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in October: high temperatures in Broadus hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll set off for Sturgis on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Broadus

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Powder River Historical Museum ©
Powder River Historical Museum

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Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery, thenhike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at Old Fort Meade Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sturgis online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Broadus to Sturgis takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Broadus to Sturgis is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Sturgis are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Deadwood
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House ©
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Sturgis to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sturgis to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Sturgis, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Conata Basin Overlook ©
Conata Basin Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Burns Basin Overlook ©
Burns Basin Overlook

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Arrowhead Park and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Arrowhead Park ©
Arrowhead Park

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Weisman Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Mary, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park, thenadmire the sheer force of St. Anthony Falls, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewood Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at Candyland. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Summit Avenue, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, cruise along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Museum of Russian Art, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and finally stop by Historic Downtown Hastings.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Candyland, Historic Downtown Hastings
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center, have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum, examine the collection at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at CherryVale Mall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sinnissippi Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockford trip maker app.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Rockford in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Rockford, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Severson Dells Nature Center ©
Severson Dells Nature Center
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens ©
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 9th (Wed), wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Loop, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, and finally shop like a local with Lincoln Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, thenadmire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Indiana Dunes National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rockford to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In October in Chicago, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park, Riverwalk Lot, Indiana Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Old Pasadena will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at LA Farmers' Market and Citadel Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (in Arcadia), Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach) and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip app.

You can fly from Chicago to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in October, with highs in Los Angeles at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Old Town Temecula, Old Pasadena
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard ©
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. On the 17th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
Spas

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco attractions planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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