42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 21 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Idaho Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

21
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Sonoma, Sculptured Beach, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Lawrence Hall of Science
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then trek along Eagle Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe vacation planner.

Drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Falls Trail, Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 25th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Northstar California and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Truckee trip website .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Truckee, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Northstar California ©
Northstar California

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then get great views at Washburn Point, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Travel Town, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then hike along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

2
nights
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hike along St Mary's Glacier, then go deep underground at Phoenix Gold Mine, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park, then don't miss a visit to Historical Society of Idaho Springs, then examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and finally take in the natural beauty of Indian Hot Springs.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Idaho Springs journey maker site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Idaho Springs hover around 11°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Buena Vista River Park. On the next day, mingle with the ghosts of the past at St. Elmo, then explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, and then relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista travel site .

Drive from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

St. Elmo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Aspen, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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