6 days in United States Itinerary

6 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Fly
2
Tucson
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive
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Odessa
— 1 night
Drive
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Austin
— 1 night
Fly
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New Orleans
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 day
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden and then hike along Lost Palms Oasis Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tucson.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Tucson

— 1 night

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, then get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and then take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tucson holiday planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Tucson

Nature · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Las Cruces

— 1 night
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, and then appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Las Cruces takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tucson in January, with highs in Las Cruces at 55°F and lows at 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums · Historic Sites

Odessa

— 1 night
Odessa is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial and then examine the collection at Ellen Noel Art Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Odessa trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Odessa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Cruces to Odessa. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums

Side Trip

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, then view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Austin online trip builder.

Drive from Odessa to Austin in 5.5 hours. In January, Austin is a bit warmer than Odessa - with highs of 63°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

New Orleans

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

Plan trip to New Orleans with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Austin to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Austin in January, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

4.5
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.