42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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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
— 3 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: 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). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, and brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip planner.

Newport News to Virginia Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to San Diego takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to 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: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica). Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online route planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in September, with highs in San Francisco at 76°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bend.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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 5th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Deschutes National Forest, and then take in the pleasant sights at Deschutes River Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bend itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Bend by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Bend reach 62°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem), Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner) and Adelsheim Vineyard (in Newberg). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at Cellar Door Wine Tours, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, see the interesting displays at Oregon Maritime Museum, and get interesting insight from Volcano Lands - Private Tours.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portland online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bend to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bend in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Portland, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly 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.
When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, approximately Olympic National Park away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the natural beauty at Woodland Park and Rose Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Swiftcurrent Mountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bullhead Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Glacier National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in October, with highs in Glacier National Park at 56°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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 17th (Sun): walk around Liberty Park, then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then hike along Mount Olympus Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in October, with highs in Salt Lake City at 68°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 18th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moab tour planner.

Drive from Salt Lake City to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In October, daytime highs in Moab are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews 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.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Colorado Springs Military Museum, and finally see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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, get outside with Cedar Glades, stop by Bathhouse Soapery, and get advice or help at Fordyce Bathhouse.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Hot Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in October, with highs in Hot Springs at 78°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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

4.4
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 · Canyons
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.