53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Jose
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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San Diego
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Las Vegas
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Washington DC — 4 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.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at White House, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

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Gatlinburg to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Philadelphia.
Museums · Parks

Philadelphia — 3 nights

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Change things up with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.
Museums · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips

New York City — 5 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, make a trip to Grand Central Terminal, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 0°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Keystone.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Side Trip

Keystone — 4 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Sylvan Lake). Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, trek along Presidential Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Keystone trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Keystone takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Keystone. In January in Keystone, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.
Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Mammoth Lakes.
Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Mammoth Lakes — 2 nights

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are little chillier (7°C), and nights are cooler (-12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
On the 13th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route tool.

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to San Jose.
Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to 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. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 18th (Tue).
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz travel route planner.

Drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Big Sur.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Big Sur are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then make a trip to San Simeon Pier, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip maker.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Solvang.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 22nd (Sat), take a stroll around Visitor Center, stop by Jule Hus, and then stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Solvang day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Solvang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Solvang are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
Shopping · Parks

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel route planner.

Getting from Solvang to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and have fun at TCL Chinese Theatres.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles route tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Anaheim.
Theme Parks · Nightlife · Tours · Shopping
Side Trips

Anaheim — 3 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Disneyland Park. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park and make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District.

Before you visit Anaheim, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Los Angeles to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for San Diego.
Theme Parks

San Diego — 4 nights

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planner.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Las Vegas.
Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Las Vegas — 5 nights

Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. Enjoy Las Vegas some more: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in February since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games · Outdoors
Side Trip

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.