22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Burney
— 1 night
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympia
— 1 night
Drive
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
Fly

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Attractions like Grand Canyon South Rim and Helicopter Tours make great kid-friendly stops. On the 3rd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get great views at Lookout Studio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker.

Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Fleet Science Center and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

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.
On the 8th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Santa Monica

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Sat), kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica sightseeing planner.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Burney.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Burney

— 1 night
Burney is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) in Shasta County, California, United States. On the 13th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Large Junk Art Sculptures and then admire the majestic nature at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Burney online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Burney with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Burney to be warmer, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 101°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Burney

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Redwood National Park

— 1 night
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Redwood National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Burney to Redwood National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Burney in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

Planning San Francisco trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can fly from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Portland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portland day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Olympia

— 1 night
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): have fun and explore at Hands On Children's Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Haven International, and then appreciate the history behind Washington State Capitol.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Olympia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portland to Olympia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portland in July, plan for little chillier nights in Olympia, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympia

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Seattle

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, and finally examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Olympia to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Olympia in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Family-friendly places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, and take in the dramatic scenery at Fairy Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be much warmer, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.