55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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San Francisco
— 9 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Paso Robles
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Francisco

— 9 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore California State Railroad Museum and Exploratorium. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Old Sacramento Waterfront (in Sacramento). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco planner.

Perth, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, get great views at Valley View, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lembert Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and then stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Big Sur

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then hike along Partington Cove, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip maker app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Paso Robles

— 2 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel and then do a tasting at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Castoro Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Turley Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Niner Wine Estates.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip maker app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in June: highs in Paso Robles hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 12th (Wed), stop by Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, learn about winemaking at Fess Parker, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You've now added Cathedral Rock to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town, then examine the collection at Arizona Copper Art Museum, then delve into the distant past at Tuzigoot National Monument, and finally wander the streets of Historic Old Town Cottonwood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Montezuma Well.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sedona trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to Sedona in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Barbara to Sedona due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Wupatki National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take an exotic tour of Bearizona Wildlife Park and then take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff online route planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Flagstaff in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Sedona in June, plan for slightly colder days in Flagstaff, with highs around 32°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Horseshoe Bend has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Horseshoe Bend and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In June in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Titanic make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Counts Kustoms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Overton (Lost City Museum & Valley of Fire State Park) and Sanders Family Winery (in Pahrump). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, visit Las Vegas Downtown, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Battlefield Vegas.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip planning tool.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 46°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. On your second day here, explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip website.

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In June, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 43°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Point Loma and La Jolla Shores Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect much colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Universal Studios Hollywood has been added to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Crystal Cove and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Bring the kids along to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary (in Phelan), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.