12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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St. Helena
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Calipatria
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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St. Helena

— 1 night

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
On the 17th (Fri), savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Ladera Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena sightseeing planner.

Washington DC to St. Helena is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for little chillier nights in St. Helena, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours

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 19th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Calipatria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calipatria

— 1 night
Calipatria is a city in Imperial County, California. On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salvation Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Calipatria trip maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Calipatria in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Calipatria reach 101°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Calipatria

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planning website.

You can drive from Calipatria to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Calipatria in September: highs in San Diego hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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 27th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 48°F at night. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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United States travel guide

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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.