12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Madrid
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h
Madrid

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Los Angeles. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the next day, shop like a local with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 45°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

1
day
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 31°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

5
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, & more) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at Magicopolis, get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica tour planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

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Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

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Santa Barbara, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

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