42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Phoenix
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Anaheim
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Auto Collections and Historic Route 66 Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chloride, Arizona and The King's Ransom Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Helicopter Tours (in Henderson) and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin). There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the galleries of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, see the interesting displays at Shelby American Inc, and visit The LINQ Promenade.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip website.

Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 5 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Popular historic sites such as San Felipe de Neri Church and Old San Ysidro Church are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park, get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque road trip tool.

Fly from Las Vegas to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Albuquerque is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in Albuquerque at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 6 nights

City Different

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.
Popular historic sites such as San Miguel Chapel and Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Ghost Ranch and Bradbury Science Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, take in the exciting artwork at True West Gallery, and examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip planning website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 6 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Visiting Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Lynx Lake Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Camp Verde (Fort Verde State Historic Park & Montezuma Castle National Monument), Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (in Cottonwood) and Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, contemplate the long history of Yavapai County Courthouse Square, and admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect Phoenix to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Windansea Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Encinitas (Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens & Moonlight State Beach) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 5 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Appreciate the collections at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Palm Springs Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Anaheim: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach, and don't miss a visit to Anaheim Packing District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anaheim travel site.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as All Saints' Episcopal Church and Old Mission Santa Barbara are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Broad and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), The Getty Villa (in Malibu) and Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning app.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.