8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Helena
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 17th (Fri), try to win big at Caesars Palace, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally try to win big at Casino At The Venetian. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel route builder.

Jacksonville to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jacksonville in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park journey site.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 50°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Aguereberry Point, then take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 21st (Tue): hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. In December, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 46°F and lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much warmer (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

St. Helena

— 1 night

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): do a tasting at Goosecross Cellars, take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, and then do a tasting at VGS Chateau Potelle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, St. Helena is little chillier at night with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip site.

You can fly from St. Helena to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Helena in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.