42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Bend
— 1 night
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
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Virginia Beach

— 3 nights

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Explore Virginia Beach's surroundings by going to Smithfield (St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum & Windsor Castle Park), The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News) and Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg & Colonial National Historical Park). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Virginia Beach trip tool.

Newport News to Virginia Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to San Diego takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Virginia Beach to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Virginia Beach in May, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bend.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Bend

— 1 night
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 7th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, take a peaceful walk through Deschutes National Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Deschutes River Trail.

Before you visit Bend, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from San Francisco to Bend in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bend when traveling from San Francisco in June, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Bend

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Portland

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem), Adelsheim Vineyard (in Newberg) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Portland Timbers, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, and take in the views from Hawthorne Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip builder website.

You can drive from Bend to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bend in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Portland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Seattle

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Olympic National Park to see Hurricane Ridge about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seattle holiday planning site.

Getting from Portland to Seattle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 17th (Thu), trek along Grinnell Glacier. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bullhead Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Glacier National Park, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

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 19th (Sat): walk around Liberty Park, then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then stroll through Mount Olympus Trail.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City road trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in June, with highs in Salt Lake City at 89°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canyonlands National Park (Grand View Point Overlook, Island in the Sky, &more). On the 20th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip builder app.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Moab in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Salt Lake City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Moab, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moab in June: high temperatures in Denver hover around 83°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then examine the collection at Colorado Springs Military Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Hot Springs

— 3 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Hot Springs is known for historic sites, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, gain insight at Garland County Library, and trek along Grand Promenade.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs holiday planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Hot Springs in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to Hot Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.