57 days in United States Itinerary

57 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Alcova
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Amarillo
— 1 night
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Savannah
— 1 night
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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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Orlando
— 3 nights
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Miami
— 2 nights
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Tampa
— 1 night
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Tallahassee
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Nederland
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
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Roswell
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
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Phoenix
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
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Washington DC
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Philadelphia
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Head to Annenberg Community Beach House and Hammer Museumfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Craft Contemporary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Mountains) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography, stroll through Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour builder.

Perth, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Perth to Los Angeles, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Moonstone Beach, then stroll through Morro Strand State Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay online travel planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Morro Bay by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Morro Bay, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, get curious at Exploratorium, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Morro Bay to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Morro Bay in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bakersfield.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Bakersfield

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Bakersfield Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, then see the interesting displays at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, then stop by California Fruit Depot, and finally experience rural life at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bakersfield vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Bakersfield takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Bakersfield hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Museums · Shopping

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Willow Beach in Fort Mohave, approximately Fort Mohave away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, stroll through Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and identify plant and animal life at Escape Adventures.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip maker website.

Drive from Bakersfield to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in July, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City tour builder site.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 41°C and lows reach 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Alcova.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Alcova

— 1 night
Alcova is a census-designated place (CDP) in Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Independence Rock State Historic Site.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alcova trip maker.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Alcova in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in July, with highs in Alcova at 37°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Alcova

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Keystone

— 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 14th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and then get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip planning app.

Getting from Alcova to Keystone by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Alcova in July, expect nights in Keystone to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Denver takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Denver: highs are around 36°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Amarillo.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum and then stop by U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Amarillo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Denver to Amarillo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Amarillo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in July, Amarillo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Amarillo

Neighborhoods · Museums

Fort Smith

— 1 night
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Fort Smith Museum of History, then steep yourself in history at Fort Smith National Historic Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Smith National Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Van Buren River Valley Museum Association.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort Smith trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Amarillo to Fort Smith with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Amarillo in July since evenings lows in Fort Smith dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Memphis.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter Catholic Church and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, and finally admire the majestic nature at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park.

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Traveling by car from Fort Smith to Memphis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 21st (Tue), wander the streets of Downtown Nashville. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Savannah.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Savannah

— 1 night

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Savannah Historic District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pin Point Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savannah online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Savannah takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Savannah

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jacksonville trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Jacksonville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Jacksonville can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Orlando.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Orlando

— 3 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Appreciate the collections at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and Timothy's Gallery. There's much more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall at Millenia, find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Orlando day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jacksonville to Orlando takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miami

— 2 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miami day trip planning website.

You can drive from Orlando to Miami in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. July in Miami sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tampa.

Things to do in Miami

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Tampa

— 1 night

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mongkolrata Temple, meet the residents at The Florida Aquarium, wander the streets of Ybor City, then snap pictures at Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and finally explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tampa trip tool.

Getting from Miami to Tampa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tallahassee.

Things to do in Tampa

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Tallahassee

— 1 night
On the 31st (Fri), examine the collection at Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Luis de Apalachee, then get a new perspective on nature at Tallahassee Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tallahassee, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tampa to Tallahassee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Garden District and French Quarter. Get outdoors at Chalmette National Historical Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bourbon Street, and wander the streets of Frenchmen Street.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tallahassee to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Tallahassee, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nederland.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nederland

— 1 night
Nederland is a city in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of McFaddin-Ward House Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Gulf Coast, then pause for some serene contemplation at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nederland travel itinerary planner.

Drive from New Orleans to Nederland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Nederland, with highs around 39°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Nederland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village, take an in-depth tour of The Guenther House Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower of the Americas, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, see a show at Japanese Tea Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Nederland to San Antonio in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Nederland in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Antonio, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Carlsbad

— 1 night
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, then stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Carlsbad takes 7 hours. Traveling from San Antonio to Carlsbad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Carlsbad when traveling from San Antonio in August, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Roswell are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for Santa Fe on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
For shopping fun, head to Keshi or Nedra Matteucci Galleries. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Taos Pueblo will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Valles Caldera National Preserve (in Jemez Springs), Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, look for gifts at Mama's Minerals, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe route planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Santa Fe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Roswell in August: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 34°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Petrified Forest National Park

— 2 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Appreciate the collections at Painted Desert Inn and Rainbow Forest Museum. Popular historic sites such as Puerco Pueblo and Agate House are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: hike along Crystal Forest Trail, stroll through Blue Mesa, don't miss a visit to Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, and take a peaceful walk through Jasper Forest.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Petrified Forest National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, Petrified Forest National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery, see a world frozen in time at Goldfield Ghost Town, then browse the fresh offerings at Superstition Ranch Market, and finally admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Petrified Forest National Park to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Phoenix is much hotter than Petrified Forest National Park - with highs of 47°C and lows of 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 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.
To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in August, expect nights in San Diego to be little chillier, around 23°C, while days are much colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Los Angeles

— 1 day

City of Angels

On the 17th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Rodeo Drive, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Georgetown University, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of National Mall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

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.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Tiles For America. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New York City travel tool.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in New York City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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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.