12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 26th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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nights
San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 28th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach and then cruise along West Cliff Drive. On the next day, kick back and relax at Manresa State Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose route planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Manresa State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Manresa State Beach ©
Manresa State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Jose, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon, take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, and then stroll through Angel's Landing.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Zion National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get great views at Mather Point, then enjoy breathtaking views from Grandview Point, and then get great views at Lipan Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in August: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Grandview Point ©
Grandview Point
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at 49 Palms Canyon Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park journey maker .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Newport Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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