53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary builder

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Denver
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Arches National Park
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Provo
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Sausalito
— 7 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 8 nights
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Big Sur
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Malibu
— 2 nights
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Manhattan Beach
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
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Amarillo
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Bentonville to Denver is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bentonville in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. You will leave for Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, explore and take pictures at South Rim Road, and then take a memorable drive along East Portal Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Arches National Park takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Provo.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Provo

— 4 nights
Provo is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Utah, located 43mi south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. Change things up with these side-trips from Provo: Timpanogos Cave National Monument (in American Fork), Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (in Draper) and Heber Valley Railroad (in Heber City). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Provo Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Provo City Center Temple, don't miss a visit to Roots of Knowledge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Provo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Provo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Arches National Park in September: highs in Provo hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Provo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site, then try to win big at Harveys Casino, and then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then catch all the local highlights with Tahoe Photographic Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Provo to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Provo to South Lake Tahoe. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Provo in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sausalito.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sausalito

— 7 nights
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Explore Sausalito's surroundings by going to Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Devil's Slide Trail (in Pacifica). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get great views at Golden Gate View Point, and explore the galleries of The Marine Mammal Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sausalito holiday builder site.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Sausalito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sausalito, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 3 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Santa Cruz is known for theme parks, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at Mount Hermon Adventures, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, and get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sausalito to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Monterey

— 8 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of Monterey to go to Carmel Valley and see Joullian Vineyards & Winery, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monterey road trip site.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in September, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Big Sur is known for beaches, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, hike along Partington Cove, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and admire all the interesting features of Old Coast Road.

To plan Big Sur vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Santa Barbara

— 5 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach), Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu

— 2 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Get out of town with these interesting Malibu side-trips: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Leonis Adobe Museum (in Calabasas) and Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Solstice Canyon, and awaken your taste buds at Malibu Wine Safaris.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Malibu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Malibu, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manhattan Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach

— 5 nights
Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Manhattan Beach side-trips: Rancho Palos Verdes (Wayfarers Chapel & Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Jurassic Technology, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Redondo Beach Pier, and buy something for everyone on your list at Downtown Manhattan Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manhattan Beach trip site.

You can drive from Malibu to Manhattan Beach in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Manhattan Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately Alpine away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Manhattan Beach to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Petrified Forest National Park

— 1 night
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): trek along Blue Mesa, delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest, and then stroll through Giant Logs.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Petrified Forest National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego to Petrified Forest National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Petrified Forest National Park to be much colder, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. You will leave for Amarillo on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 26th (Mon), make a trip to Second Amendment Cowboy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amarillo trip builder site.

Drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Amarillo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park to Amarillo is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in October, with highs in Amarillo at 75°F and lows at 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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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.