26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour and then explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip planning site .

Cardiff, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cardiff to Las Vegas. Traveling from Cardiff in July, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit cooler, around 23°C, while days are cooler, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 19th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take advantage of the amenities at Paradise Cove, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Malibu day trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Paradise Cove ©
Paradise Cove

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route site .

Getting from Malibu to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. When traveling from Malibu in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Napa.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Napa online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Napa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and subway. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July; daily highs in Napa reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Balloon Rides
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel planner .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Napa in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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