15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 day
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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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 4th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): 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 take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle route builder tool.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Portland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, then stroll around Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip maker app.

Fly from Seattle to Portland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Portland are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Sacramento.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Sacramento

— 1 day

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 8th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at California State Capitol Museum, then grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally stroll through Stevens Trail.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sacramento trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, get curious at The Tech Interactive, and then pause for some photo ops at Google Android Lawn Statues.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour builder app.

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz visit site.

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in July, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 14th (Wed), savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): cruise along Mulholland Drive, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Palm Springs fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Diego

— 1 night

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 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums