12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

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 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip site .

Newark to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Newark, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum
Titanic ©
Titanic

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.
Get in touch with nature at Rim Trail and Kolb Studio. Spend the 26th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lookout Studio, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online attractions planner .

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in March, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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 27th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shambala Preserve. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and then stop by The Original Farmers Market.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much hotter, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Shambala Preserve, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

1
night
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 photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online travel route planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 69°F and lows reach 48°F. On the 29th (Fri), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands and then identify plant and animal life at Martin Griffin Preserve.

Plan a San Francisco trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cowell Ranch State Beach, Marin Headlands, Martin Griffin Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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.
On the 31st (Sun), hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then make a trip to Valley View, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

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