32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Searcy
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Scottsdale
— 2 nights
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Wickenburg
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
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Zion National Park
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Denver
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Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, explore the engaging exhibits at Chicago Children's Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and finally stroll around Millennium Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip builder website.

Detroit to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Chicago is minus 1 hour. January in Chicago sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo and then admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis online day trip planner.

Fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: highs in Saint Louis hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Searcy.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Searcy

— 2 nights
Searcy is the largest city and county seat of White County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pioneer Village and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Harding University. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ozark Country Market and then contemplate the waterfront views at Greers Ferry Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Searcy itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saint Louis to Searcy. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint Louis in January: highs in Searcy hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Searcy

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hot Springs Mountain, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at The Galaxy Connection.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs route maker website.

Traveling by car from Searcy to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. January in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Spas · Nature · Parks · Adventure

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Canyon South Rim and Helicopter Tours. On the 13th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along South Kaibab Trail and get great views at Lookout Studio.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hot Springs to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hot Springs to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in January, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 44°F and lows at 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden, then explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, and then look for gifts at Ivory Angelic.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect nights in Sedona to be warmer, around 37°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Scottsdale

— 2 nights
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Scottsdale journey planner.

Getting from Sedona to Scottsdale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sedona in January; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 68°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wickenburg.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Wickenburg

— 1 night
Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Desert Caballeros Western Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wickenburg trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Wickenburg takes 1.5 hours. January in Wickenburg sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Wickenburg

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

San Diego

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Fleet Science Center and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Wickenburg to San Diego by car takes about 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wickenburg to San Diego. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wickenburg in January since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get little chillier in Las Vegas: highs are around 59°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Attractions like The Narrows and Observation Point make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's more to do: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle.

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You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. In January, Zion National Park is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 52°F and lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Denver

— 5 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and National Museum of World War II Aviation (in Colorado Springs). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Center for Colorado Women's History.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary maker website.

Fly from Zion National Park to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in January, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 21°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Phoenix & Central Arizona travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Specialty Museums · Golf Courses

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.