43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 6 nights
Train to S6 & Clybourn #1964, Fly to Seattle
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Maria
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chicago Riverwalk and Holy Name Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakefront Trail and Chicago River. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll around Millennium Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago attractions planner.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chicago when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Wisconsin Dells

— 6 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Visit H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for their historical value. Get outdoors at Zipline and Witches Gulch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wisconsin Dells: Elroy-Sparta State Trail (in Elroy) and Wildcat Mountain State Park (in Ontario). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks, do a tasting at Fawn Creek Winery, stop by Market Square Cheese, and cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wisconsin Dells when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Visit West Point Lighthouse and Bruce Lee Grave Site for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take a tour by water with Puget Sound Express, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seattle travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wisconsin Dells to Seattle in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Seattle is minus 2 hours. July in Seattle sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Lands End. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, find your balance on the water with Sea Trek Ocean Kayak and Sup, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 2 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): trek along Los Flores Ranch Park, do a tasting at Presqu'ile Winery, do a tasting at Carhartt Family Wines, then do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, and finally look for gifts at Vinhus. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valencia Peak Trail, trek along Bluff Trail, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria tour planning site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Maria in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Santa Maria, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach) and Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: stop by LA Farmers' Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Santa Maria in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Coronado Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Moonlight State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar City Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to The Strip, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unforgettable tour with 702 Helicopters and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, around 81°F, while days are much hotter, around 104°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Antonio.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night

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.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to San Antonio. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 98°F and lows are around 75°F. You'll set off for New Orleans on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in San Antonio

Nightlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

New Orleans

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get some cultural insight at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Houmas House and Gardens. St. Louis Cathedral and Immaculate Conception Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Evergreen Plantation (in Edgard), Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, surround yourself with nature on Happiness Bayou Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 80°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fire Station No. 6 and Silver Comet Trail. Take a break from Atlanta with a short trip to Arabia Mountain in Lithonia, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, hunt for treasures at Your Dekalb Farmers Market, take an in-depth tour of Swan House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Atlanta day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Atlanta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Atlanta to be little chillier, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 5 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of African American History and Culture and Capitol Hill. Visit The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Smithsonian Institution Building for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy, Capital SUP - Quiet Waters Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, deepen your understanding at Georgetown University, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trips

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Great Neck Steppingstone Park. Explore hidden gems such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York Public Library. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, take a stroll through Dumbo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read New York City road trip site.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. August in New York City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.