45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
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San Jose
— 7 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Seattle
— 5 nights
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Portland
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Camarillo Premium Outlets and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Palm Springs (St. Theresa Church, Palm Springs Art Museum, &more), St.John Vianney Chapel (in Balboa Island) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and Shelby American Inc. Shop till you drop at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Bullhead City and see Colorado River Museum, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Auto Collections, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and don't miss a visit to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Las Vegas is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Jose

— 7 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You'll explore and learn at Gallery by the Sea Carmel and Aptos History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Carmel (Point Lobos & Carmel River State Beach), Pebble Beach (Bird Rock Vista Point & Pebble Beach Golf Links) and Monterey (Monterey Bay & Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by AiX, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose vacation builder website.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lands End and California State Railroad Museum. Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Blue Line Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Jimtown Store (in Healdsburg) and Mill Valley (Mount Tamalpais State Park & Muir Woods National Monument). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ignatius Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In January, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seattle

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fairhaven Historic District and Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle. You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and LeMay - America's Car Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Whatcom Falls Park (in Bellingham), Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and Tacoma (Museum of Glass, Griot's Garage, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, walk around Kerry Park, see majestic marine mammals with Puget Sound Express, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle travel site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 48°F and lows are around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Portland

— 7 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Take a break from the city and head to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Willamette Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and Cape Meares Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Mt. Hood Meadows (in Parkdale) and The Historic Carousel and Museum (in Albany). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, shop like a local with Live Laugh Love Art, see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Portland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.