16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Muskegon
Drive:  35​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  18​h 30​min
7
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
End: Muskegon

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Drive from Palm Desert to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Desert, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches

Side Trip

The Wende Museum of the Cold War
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Hollywood Forever Cemetery ©
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
The Queen Mary has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at The Queen Mary.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Long Beach trip planner .

Long Beach is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In October, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums
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The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Point and Presidio Pet Cemetery. Explore hidden gems such as USS Hornet Museum and Haight-Ashbury.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Long Beach to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Long Beach in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. You'll set off for Redwood National Park on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

USS Hornet Museum
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Fort Point ©
Fort Point
USS Hornet Museum ©
USS Hornet Museum
Haight-Ashbury ©
Haight-Ashbury

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. In October, Redwood National Park is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. You'll set off for Portland on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a stroll through Northwest (Nob Hill), see the interesting displays at Freakybuttrue Peculiarium, and then snap pictures at Tilikum Crossing.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Portland road trip planning website .

Drive from Redwood National Park to Portland in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Northwest (Nob Hill) ©
Northwest (Nob Hill)
Freakybuttrue Peculiarium ©
Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
Tilikum Crossing ©
Tilikum Crossing

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Seattle

Seattle
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle holiday planner .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 25th (Fri), you're off toRapid City.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory Tour. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get behind the scenes at Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory Tour.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Rapid City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, Rapid City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Tours
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