36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Beverly Hills
— 1 night
Taxi
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West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner.

Saint Louis to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Seattle is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 74°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, and finally trek along Skyline Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Seattle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): cruise along Hurricane Ridge and then stroll through Second Beach Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Sol Duc Falls, hike along High Divide, and then take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary site.

Fly from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Mount Rainier National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then stop by Powell's City of Books, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portland online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Portland takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Olympic National Park in June, with highs in Portland at 77°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Portland to Crater Lake National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Portland in June, expect nights in Crater Lake National Park to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Beverly Hills

— 1 night
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Will Rogers Memorial Park, explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive, steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park, shop like a local with Revolver Gallery, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and finally browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beverly Hills travel planner.

Getting from Crater Lake National Park to Beverly Hills by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Crater Lake National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Beverly Hills: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

West Hollywood

— 2 nights
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 13th (Sun), take a stroll through Sunset Strip, don't miss a visit to Sunset Plaza, and then make a trip to Chateau Marmont. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, then stroll around Brand Park, and then make a trip to Melrose Avenue.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read West Hollywood route builder website.

West Hollywood is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills. In June, daily temperatures in West Hollywood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · 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 15th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles is very close to West Hollywood. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Hollywood in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 1 night

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 17th (Thu): stroll through Carbon Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary site.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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 18th (Fri): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): engage your brain at The Tech Interactive, take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stanford Memorial Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Google Android Lawn Statues. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, then have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

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You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Jose in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Napa are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from Napa to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get interesting insight from YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Mariposa Grove, and get great views at Half Dome.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. June in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 101°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 4th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center and take in the pleasant sights at Pipe Creek Vista.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Denver

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, Denver is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.