21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Los Angeles
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock Nature Trail.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Observation Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Angel's Landing and then explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Before you visit Zion National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Zion National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, expect Zion National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 2°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Canyonlands National Park, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Windows and then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, and then explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, get a dose of the wild on Morrow Point Boat Ride, and then see human ingenuity at work at Gunnison Diversion Dam.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip builder tool.

Drive from Arches National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 21st (Tue), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then make a trip to White Mountain Trading Post.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Rocky Mountain National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 3°C and lows about -19°C. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 24th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in December, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and -11°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Petrified Forest National Park

— 1 night
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Petrified Forest National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Wildlife · Parks

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. For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monument Valley visit planning tool.

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in December, expect little chillier with lows of -11°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Los Angeles

City of Angels

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.