8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation builder

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Rutherford
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Fri), hike along Lands End and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online vacation planner.

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rutherford

— 1 night
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa and then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rutherford trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Rutherford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Rutherford, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market and then get some fabulous bargains at Citadel Outlets.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker app.

You can fly from Rutherford to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rutherford in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, then take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, then stop by The LINQ Promenade, and finally stop by Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online vacation planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 39°F in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 50°F and lows are around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.