42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Rutherford
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Wawona
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Sedona
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
13
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Moab
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Rome

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Petersen Automotive Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Rome, Italy to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Madame Tussauds Hollywood ©
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coronado Beach and Windansea Beach. Visit Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). The adventure continues: stroll through Pacific Beach and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online travel planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Del Mar City Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online tour planner .

Fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect Monterey to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Mission San Juan Bautista, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

2
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then learn about winemaking at Talbott Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel holiday planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach (in Pescadero) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, hike along Lands End, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and examine the collection at Golden State Model Railroad Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip builder .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rutherford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Golden State Model Railroad Museum, Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 11th (Wed), do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at Elizabeth Spencer Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rutherford online trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Rutherford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rutherford, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wawona day trip website .

You can drive from Rutherford to Wawona in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Rutherford in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Wawona: highs are around 38°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Wawona to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. In September in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and Counts Kustoms. Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Route 66 Museum and Shelby American Inc. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Chloride, Arizona in Chloride, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online road trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Historic Route 66 Museum, Chloride, Arizona, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll explore and learn at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum and David J West Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Zion Shuttle and Kayenta Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zion National Park: Springdale (Worthington Gallery, LaFave Gallery, & more) and IG Winery (in Cedar City). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Pa'rus Trail, cruise along Kolob Terrace Road, and admire all the interesting features of Kolob Canyon Road.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Springdale, Cedar City
Highlights from your plan
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides ©
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum ©

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Powell Point. Explore hidden gems such as Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point, and contemplate the long history of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in September; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock, and finally admire all the interesting features of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross, shop like a local with Son Silver West Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Sedona Heritage Museum, then view the masterpieces at Sedona Arts Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Renee Taylor Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Arizona Copper Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Sedona Heritage Museum ©
Sedona Heritage Museum

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): shop like a local with Mama's Minerals, get a taste of the local shopping with Keshi, then admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and finally examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sedona in October; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 24°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 5th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Bret Edge Photography Gallery, then trek along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lions Park, and finally grab your bike and head to Poison Spider Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Hidden Valley Trail, view the masterpieces at Gallery Moab LCA, and then view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Moab vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Moab in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve ©
Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve
Lions Park ©
Lions Park
Bret Edge Photography Gallery ©
Bret Edge Photography Gallery

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