40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Cambria
— 1 night
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San Simeon
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
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San Jose
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley Junction
— 1 night
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Springdale
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 1 night
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Escalante
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Torrey
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Page
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
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San Diego

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Seaport Village and Las Americas Premium Outlets. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Carlsbad Village (in Carlsbad) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego travel planner.

Perth, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Perth to San Diego. When traveling from Perth in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 23°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Hollywood Bowl Museum and The Getty Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petersen Automotive Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, approximately Santa Monica away. There's much more to do: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning app.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at East Beach, then have fun and explore at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Visitor Center and then learn about winemaking at Toccata Tasting Room.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Solvang trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Solvang, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Shopping · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 9th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cambria journey planner.

You can drive from Solvang to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Beaches · Scenic Drive · Parks

San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our San Simeon sightseeing planner.

San Simeon is just a short distance from Cambria. In August in San Simeon, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wineries
Highlights from your trip

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 10th (Tue): shop like a local with Venture Gallery and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterey holiday maker site.

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

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 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Plan a Santa Cruz trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Museums
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Japanese American Resource Center/Museum and then stop by Japantown (San Jose).

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Neighborhoods

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. There's much more to do: stroll through Lands End, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Jose in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, hike along Panorama Trail, explore the galleries of Ansel Adams Gallery, and stroll through Four Mile Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Lakes Trails, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Fault, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mammoth Crest Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Death Valley Junction

— 1 night
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley Junction trip planning app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Death Valley Junction in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Historic Sites

Springdale

— 2 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
On the 21st (Sat), view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery, then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, then hike along Riverside Walk, and finally trek along Kayenta Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, trek along Pa'rus Trail, then look for gifts at Zion Outfitter, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Springdale trip builder website.

You can drive from Death Valley Junction to Springdale in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley Junction to Springdale is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley Junction in August: high temperatures in Springdale hover around 38°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bryce

— 1 night
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Ruby's Inn, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Widtsoe Ghost Town, then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and finally hike along Navajo Loop Trail.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce trip planner.

Getting from Springdale to Bryce by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Springdale in August: high temperatures in Bryce hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Escalante

Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hole In The Rock Road and then admire the natural beauty at Devils Garden.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Escalante trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Escalante takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Torrey.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Torrey

— 2 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the striking features of Fruita Schoolhouse and then trek along Sunset Point Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Torrey route maker app.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Torrey takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Torrey can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Tom Till Gallery and Gallery Moab LCA will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Double Arch. Venture out of the city with trips to Arches National Park (Windows, Sand Dune Arch, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch, hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail, and look for gifts at Gearheads Outdoor Store.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Moab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Torrey to Moab takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Torrey in August; daily highs in Moab reach 39°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Ouray travel route builder.

You can drive from Moab to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Moab, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally stroll through Prater Ridge Trail.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Monument Valley

— 1 night
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then stop by Navajo Jewelry and Design.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Monument Valley journey builder tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. In August in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Page.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Page

— 1 night

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 1st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Powell Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell, then have fun at Gunfighter Canyon, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Page sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monument Valley to Page by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll around Indian Garden, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Page in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or M&M'S World Las Vegas. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston) and Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas route planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.