12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
4
Zion National Park
— 1 night
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach and then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose route website.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to 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

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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.
On the 30th (Fri), examine the collection at The Neon Museum, thenwander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

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

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for much hotter days in Las Vegas, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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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): take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, thentake a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, and then trek along Angel's Landing.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary site.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 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 little chillier days in Zion National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are colder with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, and then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in August: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Desert View Watchtower ©
Desert View Watchtower
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): hike along 49 Palms Canyon Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail

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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online tour planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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

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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.
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Newport Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in September, with highs in Los Angeles at °C and lows at °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

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©

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