11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kristiansand
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kristiansand

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner .

Kristiansand, Norway to San Francisco is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kristiansand in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seabright State Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House, then make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica road trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Cruz in May since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip website .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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