42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auburn
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Hillsboro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Medford
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Visalia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Laughlin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Lake Havasu City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Wickenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Phoenix
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Green Valley
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
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Yuma
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Palm Desert
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Fortuna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Gold Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Auburn

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Hillsboro

Hillsboro ©
Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get your game on at Topgolf Hillsboro.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hillsboro online trip planner .

Auburn to Hillsboro is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In January in Hillsboro, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medford.

Things to do in Hillsboro

Museums Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Medford

Medford
Medford is a city in, and county seat of, Jackson County, Oregon, United States. For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Medford online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hillsboro to Medford. In January, daily temperatures in Medford can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. You will leave for Sacramento on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Medford

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, then stroll through American River Bicycle Trail, and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sacramento trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Medford to Sacramento in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medford in January; daily highs in Sacramento reach 58°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Visalia.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park ©
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
American River Bicycle Trail ©
American River Bicycle Trail

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Visalia

Visalia ©
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Exeter Murals and then explore the striking landscape of Sequoia National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Visalia vacation planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Visalia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Visalia are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Exeter Murals
Highlights from your plan
Exeter Murals ©
Exeter Murals

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Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, then make a trip to Barstow Station, and finally revel in the low prices at Outlets at Barstow.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Barstow trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Visalia to Barstow takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Laughlin.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Calico Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Outlets at Barstow ©
Outlets at Barstow

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Laughlin

Laughlin ©
Laughlin is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Clark County, Nevada, United States, and a port located on the Colorado River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Laughlin: Metcalf Park (in Kingman), Boulder City (Hoover Dam & Winged Figures of the Republic Statues) and Oatman Ghost Town (in Oatman). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, go for a walk through Riverwalk, try to win big at Golden Nugget Casino Laughlin, and examine the collection at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Laughlin day trip website .

You can drive from Barstow to Laughlin in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Laughlin when traveling from Barstow in January, with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Laughlin

Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Boulder City, Oatman Ghost Town, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Metcalf Park
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©

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Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Keep things going the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Parker Dam, stroll around Sara Park, and then make a trip to Lake Havasu Lighthouses.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Havasu City vacation builder site .

You can drive from Laughlin to Lake Havasu City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Laughlin to Lake Havasu City. In February, daytime highs in Lake Havasu City are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wickenburg.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parker Dam
Highlights from your plan
Sara Park ©
Sara Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Lake Havasu State Park ©
Lake Havasu State Park

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Wickenburg

Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Jail Tree and Whiskey Row. Change things up with these side-trips from Wickenburg: Lake Pleasant Regional Park (in Morristown) and Prescott (Watson Lake, Yavapai County Courthouse Square, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Vulture Peak Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Desert Caballeros Western Museum, and don't miss a visit to Granite 19 Hotshots Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wickenburg trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Lake Havasu City to Wickenburg takes 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lake Havasu City to Wickenburg is 1 hour. February in Wickenburg sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Wickenburg

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prescott, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Granite 19 Hotshots Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Lake Pleasant Regional Park ©
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row

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Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Montezuma Castle National Monument and Goldfield Ghost Town will appeal to history buffs. Explore Phoenix's surroundings by going to Three Mile Wash (in Roosevelt), Scottsdale (Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons & Taliesin West) and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (in Gilbert). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, browse the exhibits of Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Phoenix Zoo, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Wickenburg to Phoenix takes 1.5 hours. February in Phoenix sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Green Valley.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Glendale Public Library, St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Goldfield Ghost Town, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Goldfield Ghost Town ©
Goldfield Ghost Town

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Green Valley

Green Valley ©
Green Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tumacacori National Historical Park and Boothilll Graveyard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Green Valley: Queen Mine Tour (in Bisbee) and Benson (Kartchner Caverns State Park & Double R Ranch). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Titan Missile Museum, wander the wide-open spaces of Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, play a few rounds at Haven Golf Course, and get lost in a book at Joyner-Green Valley Library.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Green Valley trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Green Valley takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Green Valley, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yuma.

Things to do in Green Valley

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Benson, Boothilll Graveyard, Queen Mine Tour, Titan Missile Museum, Tumacacori National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Boothilll Graveyard ©
Boothilll Graveyard

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Yuma

Yuma ©
Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. Take a break from Yuma with a short trip to Imperial Sand Dunes Cahuilla Ranger Station in Niland, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Colorado River State Historic Park, get outside with Telegraph Pass, examine the collection at Castle Dome Mine Museum, and experience rural life at Martha's Gardens Medjool Date Farm.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yuma trip maker site .

You can drive from Green Valley to Yuma in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Green Valley in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yuma, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Yuma

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imperial Sand Dunes Cahuilla Ranger Station
Highlights from your plan

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Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Palm Desert is known for zoos & aquariums, golf, parks, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Randall Henderson Loop Trail, wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, experience rural life at Sam Cobb Farms, and stroll through Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Desert vacation planner.

You can drive from Yuma to Palm Desert in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Yuma to Palm Desert is minus 1 hour. February in Palm Desert sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Old Town La Quinta, Sam Cobb Farms
Highlights from your plan
Desert Willow Golf Resort ©
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Old Town La Quinta ©
Old Town La Quinta
Desert Holocaust Memorial ©
Desert Holocaust Memorial

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then explore and take pictures at State Street Underpass. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf and then take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara sightseeing app .

You can drive from Palm Desert to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Desert in February, with highs in Santa Barbara at 67°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Wine Tours & Tastings
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Salinas

Salinas ©
Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tatum's Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America, then don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, then look for gifts at AiX, and finally contemplate the long history of The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salinas sightseeing app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Salinas in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In February, daytime highs in Salinas are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Salinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Shakespeare Society of America, San Carlos Cathedral, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and then do a tasting at Harvest Moon Winery. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Siduri Wines, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Rosa driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Salinas to Santa Rosa in 3 hours. In February in Santa Rosa, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fortuna.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

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Fortuna

Fortuna ©
Fortuna is a city the northeast shore of the Eel River, and is on U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Sequoia Park Zoo and then stroll the grounds of Ferndale Historic Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fortuna day trip planning site .

Getting from Santa Rosa to Fortuna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in March: highs in Fortuna hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Beach.

Things to do in Fortuna

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sequoia Park Zoo, Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Sequoia Park Zoo ©
Sequoia Park Zoo
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery

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Gold Beach

Gold Beach ©
Gold Beach is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, on the Oregon Coast. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Gold Beach Books, step aboard The Mary D Hume, then admire the majestic nature at Otter Point State Recreation Site, and finally get in on the family fun at Prehistoric Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Rogue River Bridge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myers Creek Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Beach trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Fortuna to Gold Beach takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Beach can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Gold Beach

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Myers Creek Beach
Highlights from your plan
Otter Point State Recreation Site ©
Gold Beach Books ©
Gold Beach Books
Rogue River Bridge ©
Rogue River Bridge

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse and then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Newport attractions website .

Traveling by car from Gold Beach to Newport takes 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Newport are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Beaches Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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