39 days in United States Itinerary

39 days in United States Itinerary

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Walnut Creek
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree
— 6 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Marfa
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 12 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Walnut Creek

— 2 nights
Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 16mi east of the city of Oakland. On the 1st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lindsay Wildlife Museum and then trek along Lafayette Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Blackhawk Museum, walk around Civic Park, and then admire the natural beauty at The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Walnut Creek online trip maker.

Ashland to Walnut Creek is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In May, daily temperatures in Walnut Creek can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Walnut Creek

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Joshua Tree

— 6 nights
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Family-friendly places like Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge and 29 Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery will thrill your kids. Explore Joshua Tree's surroundings by going to Joshua Tree National Park (Keys View, Ryan Mountain, &more). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Joshua Tree National Park. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Bear Lake, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Walnut Creek to Joshua Tree. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Walnut Creek in May; daily highs in Joshua Tree reach 87°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then trek along Airport Mesa.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Joshua Tree to Sedona with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, Sedona is slightly colder than Joshua Tree - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taos.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Taos

— 3 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Millicent Rogers Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, cruise along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taos trip builder site.

Drive from Sedona to Taos in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in May, things will get a bit cooler in Taos: highs are around 67°F and lows about 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Marfa.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Marfa

— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Ballroom Marfa, then delve into the mystery of Marfa Lights Viewing Center, and then view the masterpieces at Judd Foundation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Presidio County Courthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park, then contemplate the long history of Fort Davis National Historic Site, and finally stop by Davis Mt. Broom Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marfa vacation planner.

Getting from Taos to Marfa by car takes about 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Taos in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Marfa: highs are around 82°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Marfa

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Austin

— 12 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The San Antonio River Walk and Texas State Capitol. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: Fredericksburg (Agave Gallery Fine Art, National Museum of the Pacific War, &more), San Antonio (The Guenther House Museum, Brackenridge Park, &more) and Calais Winery (in Hye). The adventure continues: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, admire the striking features of The Driskill, and deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Austin trip planner.

Getting from Marfa to Austin by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Marfa in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Austin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Family-friendly places like French Quarter and Jackson Square will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and walk around New Orleans City Park.

Plan a New Orleans trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Austin to New Orleans takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in May, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Nashville

— 6 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kids will enjoy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green), Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park) and Onyx Cave (in Cave City). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and stroll around Centennial Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in June, Nashville is little chillier at night with lows of 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.