21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Columbus
— 1 day
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Sonora
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
13
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
14
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
15
Monticello
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Columbus

— 1 day

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Columbus Commons, then learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, and then see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Columbus trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Columbus is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Columbus, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get a bit warmer in Columbus: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Columbus

Fun & Games · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

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 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at 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: examine the collection at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Columbus to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monterey online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and finally trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sonora.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Sonora

— 1 night
Sonora is the county seat of Tuolumne County, California. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Wood's Creek, then take an in-depth tour of Tuolumne County Museum, and then trek along Dragoon Gulch Trail.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sonora journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sonora takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sonora, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sonora

Historic Sites · Trails · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Sonora to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sonora in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 27°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mariposa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mariposa

— 1 night
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
On the 19th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Mariposa Museum and History Center, then get engrossed in the history at California State Mining and Mineral Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mariposa trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa takes an hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with highs in Mariposa at 38°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Mariposa

Museums · Wineries

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, then stroll through Earthquake Fault, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes day trip website.

Traveling by car from Mariposa to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mariposa in September, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try to win big at New York New York Casino, and then try to win big at Casino At The Venetian. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through The Narrows.

Plan my day in Zion National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can 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. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for slightly colder days in Zion National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then trek along Squaw Trail, and finally walk around Jacob Hamblin Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanab road trip app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Kanab takes an hour. September in Kanab sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Point Trail, then hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, and then stroll through Chimney Rock Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kanab to Capitol Reef National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. In September, Capitol Reef National Park is little chillier than Kanab - with highs of 24°C and lows of 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 27th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch and then take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

You can plan Arches National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, Arches National Park is somewhat warmer than Capitol Reef National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monticello.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Monticello

Monticello is a city located in San Juan County, Utah, and is the county seat. For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monticello online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Monticello in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Monticello are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Monticello

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

Before you visit Monument Valley, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Monticello to Monument Valley by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature · Parks · Tours

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.