42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Long Beach
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
12
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London


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2
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 18th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then get great views at Yaki Point, and finally hike along South Kaibab Trail. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then get great views at Pima Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route maker website .

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

5
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon Ranch - Day Tours. Let the collections at Titanic and The Mob Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Valley of Fire State Park and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Strip, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Grand Canyon Ranch
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Popular historic sites such as Point Loma and Old Point Loma Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and admire all the interesting features of Torrey Pines Gliderport.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 29th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, then stroll through Victoria Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at 1,000 Steps Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, shop like a local with Virga Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Laguna Art Museum, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, admire all the interesting features of California State University Long Beach, then explore the world behind art at Long Beach Museum of Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosie's Dog Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Long Beach planning website .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Long Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Long Beach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Rosie's Dog Beach ©
Rosie's Dog Beach
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Long Beach Museum of Art ©
Long Beach Museum of Art

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Santa Monica Mountains. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to El Matador State Beach in Malibu--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, take an in-depth tour of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Long Beach. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Santa Monica Mountains, El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
San Simeon

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 5th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Camp Roberts Historical Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then stroll through Sand Dollar Beach.

Find out how to plan San Simeon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Sand Dollar Beach, Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach
Camp Roberts Historical Museum ©
Camp Roberts Historical Museum

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. We've included these beaches for you: Asilomar State Beach and Point Lobos. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Mission San Juan Bautista. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Monastery Beach, stroll through Lovers Point, stop by AiX, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel tour planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Mission San Juan Bautista, Pfeiffer State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House, take an in-depth tour of Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, then do a tasting at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose road trip planning site .

Getting from Carmel to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Walt Disney Family Museum. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hike along Lands End, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from San Jose, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, then take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally look for gifts at The Chefs' Olive Mix.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Sacramento are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion

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nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Manzanita Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Flavel House Museum (in Astoria), Oneonta Gorge (in Cascade Locks) and Mount Hood (in Hood River). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, walk around Forest Park, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland day trip app .

You can fly from Sacramento to Portland in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Sacramento in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach, Columbia River Highway, Live Laugh Love Art, Oneonta Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Bruce Lee Grave Site and West Point Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Bloedel Reserve. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (in Sequim) and LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, walk around Kerry Park, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, LeMay - America's Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum

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