42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Solvang
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Tempe
— 3 nights
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Cottonwood
— 3 nights
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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Tombstone
— 3 nights
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El Paso
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
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Waco
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mission Bay Park and Windansea Beach. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and San Diego Bay Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Old Town Temecula). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online tour itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to San Diego. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for a bit warmer 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 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Step out of the city life by going to Huntington Dog Beach and San Clemente Coastal Trail. Step out of Anaheim with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dana Point--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Bay and El Matador State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, approximately Santa Monica away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In June in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Solvang

— 1 night
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at La Purisima State Historical Park, do a tasting at Andrew Murray Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, and finally admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Solvang trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Solvang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Solvang, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Carpinteria State Beach and Cold Spring Tavern. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and State Street Underpass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Mandalay State Beach (in Oxnard). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and stroll around Shoreline Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder.

Getting from Solvang to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Solvang in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, explore the striking landscape at Keys View, and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park journey maker website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for much warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tempe.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature · Parks

Tempe

— 3 nights
Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. Get in touch with nature at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Apache Trail Scenic Drive and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of Tempe with an excursion to Taliesin West in Scottsdale--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Arizona Distilling Co, and identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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

Fly from Joshua Tree National Park to Tempe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and tram. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, Tempe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cottonwood.

Things to do in Tempe

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Cottonwood

— 3 nights

Heart of the Verde Valley

Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
Get some historical perspective at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Fort Verde State Historic Park. Visiting Jerome State Historic Park and Dead Horse Ranch State Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cottonwood: Prescott (Sharlot Hall Museum & Whiskey Row). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tuzigoot National Monument, learn about winemaking at Page Springs Cellars, contemplate the long history of Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite, and explore the world behind art at Arizona Copper Art Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cottonwood trip builder website.

You can drive from Tempe to Cottonwood in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In June, Cottonwood is little chillier than Tempe - with highs of 40°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Cottonwood

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oak Creek Canyon and Airport Mesa. Visiting Red Rock State Park and Broken Arrow Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, trek along Doe Mountain Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Crescent Moon Picnic Site, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona trip builder.

Sedona is just a stone's throw from Cottonwood. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, and then explore the stunning scenery at Madera Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saguaro National Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tucson journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Tucson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona in June, expect nights in Tucson to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 45°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tombstone.

Things to do in Tucson

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Tombstone

— 3 nights

Town Too Tough to Die

Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Visit Allen Street and Boothilll Graveyard for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as The Tombstone Epitaph and O.K. Corral. Take a break from Tombstone with a short trip to Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson, about 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum and stop by Arlene's S.W. Silver & Gold.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tombstone trip website.

Getting from Tucson to Tombstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Tucson in June, plan for slightly colder days in Tombstone, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to El Paso.

Things to do in Tombstone

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

El Paso

— 1 night
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, cruise along Scenic Drive - Overlook, then head outdoors with Southwest University Park, and finally stroll around San Jacinto Plaza.

Before you visit El Paso, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Tombstone to El Paso in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In June, daily temperatures in El Paso can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in El Paso

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get outdoors at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Garrison Brothers Distillery and The Driskill. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sitagu Buddha Vihara.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from El Paso to Austin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Paso to Austin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Austin sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 4 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Shop till you drop at The San Antonio River Walk and Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Jose and The Guenther House Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Fredericksburg (Fiesta Vineyard & Winery, Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Alamo, examine the collection at Witte Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Briscoe Western Art Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio day trip site.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Antonio are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waco.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Waco

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument, then look for gifts at Spice Village, then see the interesting displays at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally snap pictures at Waco Suspension Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Waco trip planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Waco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

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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.