36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 8 nights
Drive
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Marfa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Wilson Creek Winery. Kids will enjoy Old Town Temecula and Santa Monica Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 7 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hermit's Rest and Shoshone Point. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lookout Studio and Canyon Village Marketplace. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Marble Canyon (about 2h 15 min away). On the 14th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and stroll through Rim Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Santa Fe on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 8 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Museum-lovers will get to explore San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. For shopping fun, head to Twirl or The Shop - A Christmas Store. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bradbury Science Museum), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, contemplate the long history of El Santuario de Chimayo, look for gifts at Santa Fe Honey Salon & Tea Shop, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe holiday planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe takes 10 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Marfa.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Marfa

— 6 nights
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Attractions like Fort Davis National Historic Site and McDonald Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmorhea State Park and Museum of the Big Bend. Change things up with these side-trips from Marfa: Davis Mountains State Park (in Fort Davis) and Stillwell Store - Hallie's Hall of Fame Museum (in Alpine). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Presidio County Courthouse, head outdoors with Rock Hunting in the Big Bend of Texas with Teri Smith, look for gifts at Marfa Book Company, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marfa driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Marfa in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Fe to Marfa is 1 hour. In July in Marfa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Marfa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Austin

— 7 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kids will enjoy Mission Concepcion and Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels. Blue Bell Creameries and George Bush Presidential Library and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Splashway Waterpark (in Sheridan), Fredericksburg (Agave Gallery Fine Art, National Museum of the Pacific War, &more) and Mission San Jose (in San Antonio). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, get great views at Mount Bonnell, hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marfa to Austin in 7 hours. In August, Austin is somewhat warmer than Marfa - with highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

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.