12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey planning site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Los Angeles. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Mon), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, then identify plant and animal life at San Francisco Botanical Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and finally trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 28°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

1
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then go deep underground at Eureka Mine, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

Before you visit Death Valley National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online holiday planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Get some cultural insight at Kolb Studio and Hermit's Rest. It doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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 24th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©

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