12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly
3
Kihei
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Twin Peaks, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, San Francisco is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Kihei

— 3 nights
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get some jogging in at Wailea Beach Path. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Whalers Village Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and finally walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kihei trip maker website.

You can fly from Big Sur to Kihei in 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Kihei, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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 21st (Sun): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kihei to Grand Canyon National Park in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kihei to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kihei in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. The Strip and The Neon Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.