42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
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Long Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Portland
— 5 nights
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Seattle
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Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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), explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally stroll through South Kaibab Trail. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then get great views at Pima Point.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Las Vegas

— 5 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Grand Canyon Ranch has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. For shopping fun, head to The Strip or M&M'S World Las Vegas. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, stroll around La Jolla Shores Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laguna Beach

— 2 nights
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 29th (Fri), stroll through Pacific Marine Mammal Center, kick back and relax at Crystal Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Victoria Beach, and finally kick back and relax at 1,000 Steps Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, then get a taste of the local shopping with Virga Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Laguna Art Museum, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Laguna Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. May in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Long Beach

— 1 night

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 31st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Wayfarers Chapel, gain insight at California State University Long Beach, then explore the world behind art at Long Beach Museum of Art, and finally kick back and relax at Rosie's Dog Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Long Beach trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Long Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Relax by the water at Carpinteria State Beach and El Matador State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Monica Mountains in Santa Monica (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

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

Los Angeles is very close to Long Beach. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing and then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Camp Roberts Historical Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel

— 4 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Mission San Juan Bautista. Relax by the water at Pfeiffer State Beach and Lovers Point. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Del Mar Beach, stop by AiX, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and hike along Lands End.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Jose in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Effie Yeaw Nature Center, then get engrossed in the history at Governor's Mansion, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and finally stop by The Chefs' Olive Mix.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Portland

— 5 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.
Portland Art Museum and Flavel House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Oregon Historical Society. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Oneonta Gorge (in Cascade Locks), Mount Hood (in Hood River) and Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, get a taste of the local shopping with Live Laugh Love Art, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and hike along Forest Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip planning site.

Getting from Sacramento to Portland by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sacramento in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seattle

— 4 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.
Visiting Snoqualmie Falls and Alki Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihuly Garden and Glass and West Point Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma), Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (in Sequim) and Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, stop by Chukar Cherries, cast your line with a fishing tour, and stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.