44 days in United States Itinerary

44 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Mountain Home
— 7 nights
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Drive to Springfield Branson National Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 17 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Durango
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Mountain Home

— 7 nights
Mountain Home is a small city in and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. Bring the kids along to Collins Creek Cascade and Ozark Folk Center State Park. Visiting Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site and Buffalo National River will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mountain Home: Triple Falls (in Harrison), Ponca (Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead & Lost Valley Trail) and Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center (in Calico Rock). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, explore the activities along Bull Shoals Lake, stroll through Sandy Beach, and trek along Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mountain Home road trip planner.

Springfield to Mountain Home is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In July in Mountain Home, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mountain Home

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Mountain Home to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mountain Home to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Mountain Home in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sacramento

— 17 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and California State Railroad Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Safari West and Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: St. Helena (Kuleto Estate Winery, Ballentine Vineyards, &more), Rutherford (Mumm Napa, Cakebread Cellars, &more) and Calistoga (Clos Pegase Winery, Sterling Vineyards, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, explore the activities along American River Parkway, admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, and stop by The Chefs' Olive Mix.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sacramento at 93°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 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 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and finally stroll around La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Sacramento to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect nights in San Diego to be somewhat warmer, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pedal or Not... Electric Bicycle - Tours. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a spin around town with Pedal or Not... Electric Bicycle - Tours. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then stroll through Santa Monica Bay, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at South Bay Bicycle Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica visit planning tool.

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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've now added LA Waterfront Cruises to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Bronson Caves. Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary app.

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 11th (Tue), hike along Osprey Falls Trail, hike along Observation Point Trail, explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook, then hike along Purple Mountain Trail, then contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Geyser, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, and finally take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim Drive. Family-friendly places like Rim Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: hike along South Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonto Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park attractions planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 80°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Durango

— 3 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Potato Lake Trail, trek along Animas Mountain Trail, grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Duranglers Flies and Supplies, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Animas River Trail, then hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and finally shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango takes 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.