24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Havasu City
— 1 night
Shuttle to McCarran Airprt Zero Lvl On Proprty, Shuttle to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
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Lake Powell
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive
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Springdale
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Stanford
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Big Sur
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
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 7th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Lake Havasu City

— 1 night
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Havasu and then don't miss a visit to London Bridge.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lake Havasu City trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Lake Havasu City in 4 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in Lake Havasu City: highs are around 40°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 10th (Tue), hike along Bright Angel Trail.

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You can take a shuttle from Lake Havasu City to Grand Canyon National Park in 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lake Havasu City in May, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley vacation planning app.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 27°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Lake Powell

— 1 night
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Powell day trip app.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Lake Powell takes 6 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Lake Powell. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Bryce Canyon National Park

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 12th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bryce Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Lake Powell in May, you will find days in Bryce Canyon National Park are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Springdale.
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Springdale

— 1 night
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Springdale tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Springdale takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Springdale at 28°C and lows at 5°C. You'll set off for Zion National Park on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Zion National Park

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 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip app.

Zion National Park is very close to Springdale. In May in Zion National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zion National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online route builder.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): trek along Moro Rock Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planning tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Stanford on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Stanford

Stanford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Clara County, California, United States and is the home of Stanford University. To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Stanford online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Stanford. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Stanford, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Stanford

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco journey maker website.

You can drive from Stanford to San Francisco in an hour. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 22nd (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then do a tasting at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monterey travel planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Big Sur tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

San Diego

— 3 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.
On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

United States travel guide

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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.