36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
— 1 night
train + Fly:  2​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Palo Alto
— 2 nights
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Portland
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
Boston
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
New York City
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Pasadena
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Los Angeles

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Original Farmers Market, Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Santa Monica Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Ontario International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
The Grove ©
The Grove

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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seacliff State Beach and then steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House. On the next day, examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, then look for gifts at Wente Vineyards, and then identify plant and animal life at Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online itinerary maker .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Jose by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In February, San Jose is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wente Vineyards, Seacliff State Beach, Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach
Mission Peak Regional Preserve ©
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Winchester Mystery House
Winchester Mystery House

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina State Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, and then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Marina State Beach, Monarch Grove Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Coast Gallery Big Sur
Coast Gallery Big Sur

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ferry Building Marketplace, Twin Peaks, Alcatraz Island, and other attractions you added. On the 12th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then explore and take pictures at University of California, Berkeley. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

University of California, Berkeley
Highlights from your plan
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then make a trip to Valley View, and then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip website .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (10°C), and nights are cooler (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Pleasanton Farmers' Market, identify plant and animal life at Garin Regional Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Computer History Museum. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Hewlett Packard Garage, explore the world behind art at Rodin Sculpture Garden, and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Stanford Shopping Center.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Palo Alto travel planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Palo Alto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February: highs in Palo Alto hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Garin Regional Park, Computer History Museum, Rodin Sculpture Garden, Pleasanton Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Garin Regional Park ©
Garin Regional Park
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Hewlett Packard Garage ©
Hewlett Packard Garage

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Seattle

Seattle
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Snoqualmie Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Defiance Park, and then shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle day trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Palo Alto to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Palo Alto in February, things will get slightly colder in Seattle: highs are around 11°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, then stroll through Forest Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl District, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oneonta Gorge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Portland route maker app .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Oneonta Gorge, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books

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Boston

Boston
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Newbury Street, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and then admire the masterpieces at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Harvard University, then get into the urban bustle at TD Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Boston trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Portland to Boston by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in February, expect Boston to be little chillier, temps between 4°C and -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Harvard University
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, then enjoy the sea views from Gateway National Recreation, and then take a stroll through Fifth Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in February: high temperatures in New York City hover around 8°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and then buy something for everyone on your list at Peddler's Village. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Independence Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Morris Arboretum, and finally stop by Macy's.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary app .

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Peddler's Village
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, get engrossed in the history at Indiana Historical Society, then learn about winemaking at Mallow Run Winery, and finally see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Holliday Park and then admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Indianapolis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in February; daily highs in Indianapolis reach 3°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mallow Run Winery
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Motor Speedway ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Mallow Run Winery
Mallow Run Winery

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Indianapolis to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Yellowstone National Park. When traveling from Indianapolis in March, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 3°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -14°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and then shop like a local with The Strip. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in March; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Titanic ©
Titanic
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in March, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (16°C), and nights are much colder (-6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at South Lykken Trail, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest. On the next day, stroll through Bump and Grind Trail, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, and then revel in the low prices at Cabazon Outlets.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 31°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pasadena.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Cabazon Outlets
Highlights from your plan
South Lykken Trail ©
South Lykken Trail
Cabazon Outlets
Cabazon Outlets

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Pasadena

Pasadena
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. On the 10th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Old Pasadena, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, and then identify plant and animal life at Devil's Punchbowl.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Pasadena road trip site .

Drive from Palm Springs to Pasadena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of bus, train, and tram. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in March: highs in Pasadena hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pasadena

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trips

Devil's Punchbowl, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon Museum
The Gamble House ©
The Gamble House

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
You've added Hollywood Walk of Fame, STAPLES Center, Griffith Observatory, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 12th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of STAPLES Center, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. On your second day here, see some familiar sights at Bike Tours Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then stop by Grand Central Market, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing site .

Los Angeles is very close to Pasadena. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Real Los Angeles Tours ©
The Real Los Angeles Tours
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame