12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
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Santa Maria
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ocean Beach, Japanese Tea Garden, Twin Peaks, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at San Francisco City Hall, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and then stroll around Washington Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, make a trip to Alamo Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ignatius Church, then get great views at Twin Peaks, and finally stop by Haight-Ashbury.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the striking features of Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Santa Maria.
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Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria route planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Maria in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 17th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planning app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Los Angeles. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nightlife

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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri): stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in May, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

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 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mirage Volcano.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip 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. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Las Vegas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Museums · Casinos

San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

Your day by day itinerary now includes Ocean Beach, Japanese Tea Garden and Twin Peaks. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Golden Gate Park Windmills & Tulips, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, San Francisco is slightly colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.