16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly
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Dana Point
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baker Beach and Oxbow Public Market. Get some cultural insight at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Artesa Vineyards & Winery. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero and stroll around Presidio of San Francisco.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip tool.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): walk around Emma Prusch Farm Park, then stop by Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Peace Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Jose journey maker app.

Getting from San Francisco to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. September in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dana Point.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Dana Point

— 1 night
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then kick back and relax at Aliso Beach Park, then get a taste of local nightlife at Ocean Institute, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.

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You can fly from San Jose to Dana Point in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Jose in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dana Point, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Dana Point

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): get curious at California Science Center, stop by Amoeba Music, and then contemplate the long history of The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour planner.

You can drive from Dana Point to Los Angeles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then stop by Racine & Laramie Tobacco Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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 10th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park travel route planner.

Getting from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Museums

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guardian Angel Cathedral and The Strip. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clark County Heritage Museum and Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Las Vegas Downtown, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, get great views at Lookout Studio, then take in a show at Hopi House, and finally cruise along East Rim Drive.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Scenic Drive · Shopping · Outdoors · Nightlife

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Orange County travel guide

4.5
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Piers & Boardwalks
Embodying southern California's ambience of laid-back sophistication, Orange County is one of the state's most popular vacation destinations, offering year-round sunshine, beautiful golden beaches, and high-end shopping and dining, spread throughout several picturesque beach communities. Spend your holiday indulging at the region's oceanfront spas, designer boutiques, and five-star restaurants, or opt for a trip to the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm. While known mostly for its luxurious amenities, the region is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, home to several national parks and active marinas.