45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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San Francisco
— 16 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williams
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
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San Francisco — 16 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Sonoma (Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Sonoma Coast State Beach, &more) and Santa Rosa (Paradise Ridge Winery & Safari West). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll through Alcatraz Island, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.
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San Jose — 2 nights

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Rose Garden, then take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House, and then shop like a local with Santana Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bass Pro Shops, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Los Gatos Creek Trail.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Jose online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, trek along Mariposa Grove, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, cruise along Tioga Pass, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Jose in August, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.
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Mammoth Lakes — 7 nights

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Lakes: Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake), Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Tioga Rd) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, trek along Crystal Lake trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes online visit planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then stroll through Gower Gulch Loop, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip site.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Page.
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Page — 3 nights

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Page: Kanab (Kanab Heritage House Museum & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Coyote Buttes (in Big Water). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell, and explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Page trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Page in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get slightly colder in Page: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then hike along Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from Page in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Williams.
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Williams — 2 nights

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bearizona Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Pete's Rt 66 Gas Station Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Williams Depot. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch some excitement at Gunfighter Canyon - Indoor Shooting Experience, then stop by Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center, and then get to know the resident critters at Grand Canyon Deer Farm.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Williams travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Williams takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Williams are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 2 nights

On the 6th (Tue), shop like a local with The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Desert Holocaust Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Indian Canyons, then browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest, and then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs road trip tool.

You can fly from Williams to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Williams to Palm Springs. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Williams in September; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 44°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 8th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in September, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, San Francisco is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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