28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour planner.

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are much hotter, around 46°C. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley Junction, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

3
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.
Get outdoors at Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get a sense of the local culture at Titanic and The Strip. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
days
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.
Visit Oceanside Pier and Old Point Loma Lighthouse for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. The adventure continues: stroll through San Diego Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Loma, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Hollywood Walk of Fame and Venice Canals Walkway will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Ventura) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Crystal Cove, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

2
days
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 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Grant Grove.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine Film History Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Lone Pine Film History Museums
Lone Pine Film History Museums

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, hike along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park and then admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
days
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take an in-depth tour of Carmel Mission, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

2
days
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), make a trip to Valley View, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
days
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 4th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then admire the majestic nature at D.L. Bliss State Park. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Fallen Leaf Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature

Side Trips

D.L. Bliss State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake
Highlights from your plan
Fallen Leaf Lake ©
Fallen Leaf Lake
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss State Park

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Cable Car Museum. Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and V. Sattui (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco custom trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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