31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Fly to Los Angeles, Train to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria State Beach, and then stop by Ventura Harbor Village. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

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Vienna, Austria to Santa Barbara is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Vienna to Santa Barbara. In September, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer than Vienna - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll get in some beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Original Muscle Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Annenberg Community Beach House. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Hermosa Beach and see Hermosa Beach Pier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Bergamot Station, cozy up to a beverage at Magicopolis, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planner.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Monica to Monterey in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Monterey is slightly colder than Santa Monica - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

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 12th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seacliff State Beach and then stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in September, you will find days in Santa Cruz are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Heritage Rose Garden and then stroll around Emma Prusch Farm Park.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and de Young Museum. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

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Drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Jose, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Portland

— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Get a sense of the local culture at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and The Oregon Garden. Escape the urban bustle at Forest Park and Willamette Valley. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and stop by Pearl District.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Portland tour planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip builder.

Getting from Portland to Seattle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 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 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally get a new perspective on things with Gondola Rides at the Venetian.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online travel planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Maricopa Point. On the 30th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: trek along Rim Trail and make a trip to Grand Canyon Village.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

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 little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.