36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Seattle
— 8 nights
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Portland
— 8 nights
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Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center), Idyllwild (Idyllwild Nature Center & Indian Vista Scenic Overlook) and California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs).

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Palm Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Palm Springs. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get much warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 8 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Do your shopping at Two Rodeo Drive and Amoeba Music. Venture out of the city with trips to Ventura (San Buenaventura State Beach & Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Mountains) and Douglas Family Preserve (in Santa Barbara). Pack the 8th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and relax and rejuvenate at Original Muscle Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Los Angeles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in October: highs in Los Angeles hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Seattle

— 8 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.
For shopping fun, head to Chihuly Garden and Glass or Nordstrom. You'll get in some beach time at Alki Beach and Golden Gardens Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Marina Beach Park (in Edmonds), Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (in Eatonville) and Tacoma (Washington State History Museum & Museum of Glass). Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market, get up close to creatures of the deep with Puget Sound Express, look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portland

— 8 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cannon Beach and Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape), Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita) and Haystack Rock (in Cannon Beach). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, get outside with Portland Timbers, and stroll around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder app.

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.