42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  1​h
1
San Clemente
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Cortez
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Leadville
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Casper
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Coolin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
10
North Cascades National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Olympia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Government Camp
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
16
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Diego

1
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San Clemente

San Clemente ©
San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. On the 1st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, partake in some friendly competition at Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: San Clemente, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Victoria Beach. On the next day, stroll around Heisler Park, stroll around Crescent Bay Point Park, then partake in some friendly competition at ClueHoo, and finally stroll around Brown's Park.

Discover how to plan a San Clemente trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

San Diego to San Clemente is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in San Clemente

Fun & Games Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan

1
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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cortez trip builder .

Explore your travel options from San Clemente to Cortez with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Clemente in July: highs in Cortez hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

2
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Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Leadville side-trips: Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista). The adventure continues: trek along Mineral Belt Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Leadville trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Cortez to Leadville in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cortez in July; daily highs in Leadville reach 71°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Vail.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Keystone (Loveland Pass & Keyston Bike Park), Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & River Rafting & Tubing) and Vail Pass Path (in Breckenridge). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vail travel planner .

Take a bus from Leadville to Vail in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Leadville in July, plan for little chillier days in Vail, with highs around 65°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Casper.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Keystone, Vail Pass Path, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Horseback Riding Tours
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path

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Casper

Casper ©
Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at Tate Geological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, and finally stroll through Platte River Trails.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Casper trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Vail to Casper takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for much warmer days in Casper, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Casper

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site ©
Tate Geological Museum ©
Tate Geological Museum

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Casper to Yellowstone National Park with the Route module. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Casper - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): get curious at Museum of the Rockies, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies

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nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, trek along Highline Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Glacier National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Coolin.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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Coolin

Coolin
For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Coolin road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier National Park to Coolin. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Coolin

Parks Nature

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North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): cruise along N Cascades Hwy and then trek along Artist Point. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ladder Creek Falls and then hike along Cascade Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the North Cascades National Park online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Coolin to North Cascades National Park. Traveling from Coolin in July, expect nights in North Cascades National Park to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Artist Point
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
N Cascades Hwy ©
N Cascades Hwy
Cascade Pass ©
Cascade Pass

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Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Farmers Market, then explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ellinor and then stroll through Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Olympia online route maker .

Explore your travel options from North Cascades National Park to Olympia with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Olympia can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mount Ellinor, Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ellinor ©
Mount Ellinor
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Hands On Children's Museum

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Portland

Portland ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, walk around South Park Blocks, hike along Wildwood Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner.

Drive from Olympia to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Olympia in July, Portland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Government Camp.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Rogerson Clematis Garden, Schreiner's Iris Gardens, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

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Government Camp

Government Camp ©
Government Camp is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art on Oak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Bonneville Lock & Dam, admire the sheer force of Starvation Creek State Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Government Camp day trip planning app .

Drive from Portland to Government Camp in 1.5 hours. July in Government Camp sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Bend.

Things to do in Government Camp

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Cascade Locks, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Highlights from your plan

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Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll around Drake Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Deschutes National Forest, and then immerse yourself in nature at Smith Rock State Park. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Oregon Observatory, explore the activities along Deschutes River, and then trek along Deschutes River Trail.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bend trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Government Camp to Bend takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Government Camp in August, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Bend. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Oregon Observatory, Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Observatory ©
Oregon Observatory
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park. On the next day, cruise along Rim Dr and then admire the sheer force of Toketee Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Bend to Crater Lake National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bend in August: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 93°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 9th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Getting from Crater Lake National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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