31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Larkspur
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Ely
— 1 night
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Ogden
— 1 night
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Idaho Falls
— 1 night
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Broadus
— 1 night
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Sturgis
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

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 20th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at China Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then stop by City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online road trip planner.

Cairns, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Larkspur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Larkspur

— 2 nights
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Lagunitas. On the next day, steep yourself in history at American Legion Log Cabin, trek along Phoenix Lake, walk around Stinson Beach, stroll through Martin Griffin Preserve, then admire the masterpieces at Bolinas Museum, and finally hunt for treasures at Marin Country Mart.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Larkspur online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Larkspur in an hour. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Larkspur: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Larkspur

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento road trip planning app.

Drive from Larkspur to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Larkspur in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sacramento, with lows of 17°C. You'll set off for South Lake Tahoe on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then view the masterpieces at Wyland Galleries, and finally admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe holiday builder app.

Drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sacramento in September, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 26°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is the largest city and county seat of White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at White Pine Public Museum, then try your luck at Jailhouse Casino, then get outside with Garnet Hill, and finally see the interesting displays at McGill Drugstore Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ely itinerary planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Ely in 6 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ely are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ogden.

Things to do in Ely

Museums · Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ogden

— 1 night
Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10mi east of the Great Salt Lake and 40mi north of Salt Lake City. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about all things military at John M. Browning Firearms Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Eccles Community Art Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Skyline Trail, stroll through Fort Buenaventura, then stop by Smith and Edwards, and finally make a trip to The Stump.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ogden visit planner.

Drive from Ely to Ogden in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ely to Ogden, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ely in September, Ogden is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Ogden

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Idaho Falls

— 1 night
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Collector Corner Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Idaho Falls River Walk, see the interesting displays at Idaho Potato Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Hell's Half Acre Lava Field, then sample the tasty concoctions at Idaho Brewing Company, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rexburg Idaho Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Idaho Falls day trip planner.

You can drive from Ogden to Idaho Falls in 3 hours. Traveling from Ogden in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Idaho Falls, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin, and finally don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch, tee off at Big Sky Golf Course, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner online holiday builder.

You can drive from Idaho Falls to Gardiner in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Idaho Falls in September; daily highs in Gardiner reach 20°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Broadus.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Broadus

— 1 night
Broadus is a town in and the county seat of Powder River County, Montana, United States. To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Broadus visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Broadus takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Gardiner in October, things will get a bit warmer in Broadus: highs are around 17°C and lows about 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Sturgis.

Things to do in Broadus

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Sturgis

— 1 night
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sturgis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Broadus to Sturgis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broadus to Sturgis. In October in Sturgis, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 day
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at Badlands Ranch Store, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Sturgis to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sturgis in October, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Arrowhead Park and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls, get engrossed in the history at Historic Fort Snelling, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Mary, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Minneapolis travel planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. October in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rockford.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Rockford

— 2 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. On the 7th (Mon), catch a live event at BMO Harris Bank Center, explore the world behind art at Rockford Art Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Shabbona Lake State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Camp Grant Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Severson Dells Nature Center, then examine the collection at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Sinnissippi Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Beckman Mill.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rockford trip builder.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Rockford in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. October in Rockford sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will leave for Chicago on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then browse the exhibits of Cantigny Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, walk around Millennium Park, explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lincoln Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In October in Chicago, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Newport Beach and The Broad. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 16th (Wed), go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden and then take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Carmel by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): shop like a local with Union Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online visit planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

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.