12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia tour itinerary maker app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Philadelphia. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, trek along Rim Trail, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Philadelphia to Grand Canyon National Park in 12 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then have fun at Paris Las Vegas, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 85°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
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 10th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then do a tasting at Storrs Winery, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get slightly colder in Santa Cruz: highs are around 78°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Storrs Winery ©
Storrs Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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