43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
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Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bakersfield
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 12 nights

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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, make a trip to Hollywood Sign, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Wed), try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas route site.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Las Vegas to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, then stroll through McGurk Meadow, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, try to win big at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and then fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 27th (Thu), hike along Stevens Trail, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum and then admire the natural beauty at UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sacramento journey planning app.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January; daily highs in Sacramento reach 17°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Sacramento in January, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take a stroll through Stanford Shopping Center and then take in the architecture and design of Stanford University. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 2nd (Wed), head outdoors with Elkhorn Slough Safari, then examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Plan a Monterey trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Monterey are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel, and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Golf

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, snap pictures at Rocky Creek Bridge, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

San Luis Obispo

— 2 nights
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. On the 8th (Tue), savor the flavors at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bishop Peak, then do a tasting at J Dusi Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Luis Obispo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Pismo Beach

— 2 nights
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, walk around Dinosaur Caves Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, then learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip itinerary builder site.

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from San Luis Obispo. February in Pismo Beach sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Bakersfield

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum and then examine the collection at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tehachapi Loop and then experience rural life at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bakersfield trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Pismo Beach to Bakersfield by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Bakersfield, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online visit planner.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Los Angeles

— 12 nights

City of Angels

Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to San Diego (Marston House Museum, USS Midway Museum, &more), Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Radiator Springs Racers, &more). Pack the 19th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. See some other sides of Los Angeles: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in February since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 12°C.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.