11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  3​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
5
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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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 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Big Dog Vineyards, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Peace Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions planner.

Los Angeles to San Jose is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier nights in San Jose, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Big Dog Vineyards, Our Lady of Peace Church
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Our Lady of Peace Church ©
Our Lady of Peace Church
Big Dog Vineyards ©
Big Dog Vineyards

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): do a tasting at Macchia Wines, then learn about winemaking at m2 wines, and then learn about winemaking at Viaggio Estate & Winery. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sacramento Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planning website .

You can drive from San Jose to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in July: highs in Sacramento hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wineries Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Acampo, m2 wines
Highlights from your plan
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park ©
California State Railroad Museum ©
Macchia Wines ©
Macchia Wines

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online vacation planner .

Getting from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in July, expect South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

1
day
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, admire the natural beauty at Red Butte Garden, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Red Butte Garden ©
Red Butte Garden

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Keystone trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Salt Lake City to Keystone in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in July; daily highs in Keystone reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Rapid City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas will thrill your kids. Appreciate the collections at The Mob Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Strip, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and try your luck at Casino at the Venetian.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Keystone to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 104°F and 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
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 15th (Mon): admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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