40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 1 day
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Boise
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Olympia
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
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Eureka
— 2 nights
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Redding
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
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Page
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Salt Lake City

— 1 day

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Office Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and finally hike along Lake Blanche Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City travel planning app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Salt Lake City. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Boise.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Boise

— 2 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then take a stroll through Hyde Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Boise Art Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail, learn about winemaking at Telaya Wine Co., and then look for gifts at Cinder Wines.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Boise day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Boise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, Boise is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Boise

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. On the next day, stop by Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then stroll around Kerry Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip planning tool.

You can drive from Boise to Seattle in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boise to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in July, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Olympia

— 2 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum, then get curious at WET Science Center, then make a trip to Port Plaza Park, and finally stroll around West Bay Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Washington State Capitol, take in the exciting artwork at Childhood's End Gallery, then walk around East Bay Public Plaza, and finally admire the majestic nature at Priest Point Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Olympia road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Olympia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, Olympia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.
On the 8th (Thu), wander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), hike along Forest Park, then visit Multnomah Village, and finally view the masterpieces at Live Laugh Love Art. On your second day here, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oregon Historical Society.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Portland road trip app.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Olympia in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Crescent City

— 2 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, admire the majestic nature at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, then see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Pebble Beach, kick back and relax at Point St George Park, then head off the coast to Castle Island, and finally examine the collection at Battery Point Lighthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Portland to Crescent City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Crescent City are cooler (62°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Eureka

— 2 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at College Cove, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lost Coast Brewery Taproom, then get some jogging in at Hikshari Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Clarke Historical Museum, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, then get a taste of the local shopping with Trinidad Art Gallery, and finally stroll around Sequoia Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Eureka road trip planning website.

You can drive from Crescent City to Eureka in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Eureka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Redding.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Redding

— 2 nights
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Clover Creek Preserve Trail, then explore the galleries of Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and then take in the views from Sundial Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Shasta State Historic Park, explore the activities along Whiskeytown Lake, and then walk around Swasey Recreation Area.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Redding trip planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka to Redding takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Eureka, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Redding, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then look for gifts at Andy's Candy Apothecary. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Lower American River, then take an in-depth tour of California Museum, then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sacramento sightseeing tool.

Getting from Redding to Sacramento by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Redding in July, things will get slightly colder in Sacramento: highs are around 93°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Rosa

— 2 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot, do a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, learn about winemaking at Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Pech Merle Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Donelan Family Wines, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Railroad Square Historic District, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Santa Rosa Creek.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Rosa trip website.

You can drive from Sacramento to Santa Rosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in July; daily highs in Santa Rosa reach 84°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
On the 20th (Tue), take a stroll through Union Square, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lands End, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, stroll through Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve, then see the interesting displays at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Waddell Beach, do a tasting at Beauregard Vineyard, then take in nature's colorful creations at UCSC Arboretum, and finally do a tasting at MJA Vineyards.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Lovers Point, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally cruise along 17-Mile Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery, then trek along Scenic Road Walkway, then browse the exhibits of Carmel Mission, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 2 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Andrew Murray Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Carhartt Family Wines, then do a tasting at Epiphany Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Fess Parker, learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria online route planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Santa Maria are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 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 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, stop by LA Farmers' Market, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Maria in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and USS Midway Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coronado Beach and Pacific Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, take in the waterfront at Seaport Village, and contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 3rd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, explore the engaging exhibits at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, then see the interesting displays at Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Phoenix Police Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Piestewa Peak, then stroll through Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, and finally examine the collection at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Phoenix sightseeing planning app.

Drive from San Diego to Phoenix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Phoenix is 1 hour. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 105°F by day to 83°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic Downtown and Railroad District, examine the collection at Pioneer Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Historic Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Coconino National Forest, contemplate the long history of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, then view the masterpieces at Northern Arizona University, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Flagstaff online visit planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Flagstaff by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Flagstaff reach 77°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Page

— 3 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 7th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Historical Kanab Library, get engrossed in the history at Kanab Heritage House Museum, view the masterpieces at Raven's Heart Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Moqui Cave, and finally stroll through Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lone Rock Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell, then explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Page route planner.

Getting from Flagstaff to Page by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flagstaff in August: high temperatures in Page hover around 93°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Page to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. On the 9th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.