18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Iowa City
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Redwood National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Iowa City

— 1 night
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Iowa City trip planner.

Rochester to Iowa City is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Rochester to Iowa City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Iowa City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. You'll set off for Denver on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Iowa City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 16th (Mon), get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iowa City to Denver. Traveling from Iowa City to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Iowa City in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Childrens Museums · Museums

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Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, then admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Beryl Spring. On your second day here, explore the activities along Shoshone Lake, trek along Observation Point Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, then explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sheepeater Cliffs.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park route builder app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are much colder (38°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Redwood National Park

— 1 night
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yellowstone National Park to Redwood National Park. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect nights in Redwood National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip site.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Redwood National Park in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then get a new perspective on things with San Diego Scuba Guide, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip maker site.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in August since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at The Candy Lady, visit Albuquerque Old Town, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and then relax and float downstream with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Albuquerque in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Saint Louis

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and St. Charles Historic District. Take a break from the city and head to Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Step out of Saint Louis to go to Valley Park and see World Bird Sanctuary, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, stroll around Forest Park, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saint Louis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Saint Louis takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to Saint Louis is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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.