12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Santa Maria
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ocean Beach, Japanese Tea Garden, Twin Peaks, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Union Square, take a stroll through Chinatown, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and finally don't miss a visit to Coit Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz vacation builder website .

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, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for Santa Maria on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Maria using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Santa Maria takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Maria can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Wineries Parks

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
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 traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel route builder tool .

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): engage your brain at California Science Center and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation planning site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 17°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nightlife Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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 21st (Thu): trek along Bright Angel Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 20°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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hours
San Francisco

San Francisco
For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, San Francisco is slightly colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

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