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 Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Route 66 Museum and The King's Ransom Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Chloride, Arizona (in Chloride), Helicopter Tours (in Henderson) and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, have fun at Strip Gun Club, and see the interesting displays at Shelby American Inc.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas online trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Las Vegas. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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 Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planning app.

Fly from Las Vegas to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Albuquerque. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 33°C and lows are around 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ghost Ranch and San Miguel Chapel. You'll explore and learn at Palace of the Governors and Millicent Rogers Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pecos National Historical Park, gain a rich perspective with New Mexico History Museum, take in the exciting artwork at True West Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

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 · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 6 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. 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: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (in Cottonwood), Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite) and Camp Verde (Fort Verde State Historic Park & Montezuma Castle National Monument). 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 Point Loma. Escape the urban bustle at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Venture out of the city with trips to South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Encinitas (Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens & Moonlight State Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, stroll around Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Coronado Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in October, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°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 Sunnylands Center & Gardens. 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), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, 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

Museums · Parks · 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 The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and Norton Simon Museum. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Old Mission Santa Barbara (in Santa Barbara). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific, and enjoy the sand and surf 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 · Beaches · Nature

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.