33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Vail
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Vail
— 1 day
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at California State Railroad Museum and Fisherman's Wharf. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lands End and Muir Woods National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

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Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Bodie State Historic Park and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. Get outdoors at Badger Pass Ski Area and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get great views at Washburn Point, explore the activities along Merced River, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vail.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Vail

— 1 day

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 28th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then let little ones run wild at Ford Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Vail Interfaith Chapel.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail online holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Vail. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for colder days in Vail, with highs around -4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hit the slopes at Mount Werner, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in December, plan for little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and New York Public Library. Step out of New York City to go to Hyde Park and see Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind The Oculus, make a trip to Central Park, and see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop.

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Getting from Steamboat Springs to New York City by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Steamboat Springs to New York City. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in New York City: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 5 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Capitol Hill are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Great Falls Park (in McLean). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip maker website.

Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 5 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.
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and The LINQ Promenade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, approximately Mesquite away. There's much more to do: get your game on at Dig This, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, take a memorable tour with Escape Adventures, and get to know the fascinating history of The Strip.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel app.

You can fly from Washington DC to Las Vegas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 14th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go deep underground at Eureka Mine, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

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Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In January, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 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 17th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel. Keep things going the next day: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.