17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Phoenix
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Sedona
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Windansea Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, stroll through Moonlight State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar City Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planner.

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix tour planner.

Fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, around 85°F, while days are warmer, around 106°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock, take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, and then hike along Devil's Bridge Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sedona online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 92°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then get great views at Hopi Point, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then get great views at Mather Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Sedona - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Observation Point, trek along Riverside Walk, and then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 9th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Moki Dugway, immerse yourself in nature at Goosenecks State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then hike along Wildcat Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monument Valley travel planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in July, with highs in Arches National Park at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 13th (Tue), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll through Animas River Trail.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durango attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Durango takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Durango: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): hike along Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durango to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Durango in July, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Buena Vista. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at City of Louisville Historical Museum, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and finally work some fitness into your day at Boulder Creek Path.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boulder trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.