53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
3
Arches National Park
— 1 night
4
Provo
— 4 nights
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
6
Sausalito
— 7 nights
7
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
8
Monterey
— 8 nights
9
Big Sur
— 3 nights
10
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
11
Malibu
— 2 nights
12
Manhattan Beach
— 5 nights
13
San Diego
— 7 nights
14
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
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Amarillo
— 1 night

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Denver

Denver
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.
Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Bentonville to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bentonville in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. You will leave for Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, explore and take pictures at South Rim Road, and then take a memorable drive along East Portal Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Arches National Park takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Provo.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:
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Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch

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Provo

Provo ©
Provo is the third-largest city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Provo: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (in Draper), Timpanogos Cave National Monument (in American Fork) and Heber Valley Railroad (in Heber City). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Provo Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Provo City Center Temple, engage your brain at Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, and don't miss a visit to Roots of Knowledge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Provo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Provo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Arches National Park in September: highs in Provo hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Provo

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Midway, Thanksgiving Point, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Roots of Knowledge, Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Provo Canyon ©
Provo Canyon
Rocky Mountain Outfitters ©
Rocky Mountain Outfitters

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then try to win big at Harveys Casino, and then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then catch all the local highlights with Tahoe Photographic Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Provo to South Lake Tahoe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Provo to South Lake Tahoe. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Provo in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sausalito.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Genoa Cemetery, Harveys Casino
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Tahoe Photographic Tours ©
Tahoe Photographic Tours
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

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Sausalito

Sausalito ©
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Explore Sausalito's surroundings by going to Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Devil's Slide Trail (in Pacifica). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, enjoy the sand and surf at Rodeo Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sausalito holiday builder site.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sausalito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sausalito, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mill Valley, Marin County, Muir Beach, Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum, Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:
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Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Santa Cruz is known for theme parks, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at Mount Hermon Adventures, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, and get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sausalito to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Hermon Adventures, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Mount Hermon Adventures ©
Mount Hermon Adventures
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in September: highs in Monterey hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
Find places to stay Sep 23 — Oct 1:
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Monterey Bay Kayaks ©
Monterey Bay Kayaks
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Big Sur is known for beaches, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, hike along Partington Cove, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online journey planner.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Santa Barbara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara journey planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in October, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Pismo Pier, Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat ©
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Get out of town with these interesting Malibu side-trips: Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Leonis Adobe Museum (in Calabasas). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Solstice Canyon, and awaken your taste buds at Malibu Wine Safaris.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Malibu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Malibu, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manhattan Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Leonis Adobe Museum
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©

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Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Manhattan Beach side-trips: Rancho Palos Verdes (Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel & Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Jurassic Technology, awaken your taste buds at Manhattan Beach Food Tour, take a leisurely stroll along Redondo Beach Pier, and buy something for everyone on your list at Downtown Manhattan Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manhattan Beach trip site.

You can drive from Malibu to Manhattan Beach in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Manhattan Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Rancho Palos Verdes, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach Pier
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Museum of Jurassic Technology ©
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately Alpine away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Manhattan Beach to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): trek along Blue Mesa, delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Logs.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Diego to Petrified Forest National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego to Petrified Forest National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Petrified Forest National Park to be much colder, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. You will leave for Amarillo on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Giant Logs ©
Giant Logs

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Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 26th (Mon), make a trip to Second Amendment Cowboy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amarillo trip builder site.

Drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Amarillo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park to Amarillo is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in October, with highs in Amarillo at 75°F and lows at 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Second Amendment Cowboy ©
Second Amendment Cowboy

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