12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Charlotte

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 16th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip tool .

Charlotte to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. In August, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Charlotte - with highs of 101°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Sat), trek along South Kaibab Trail, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip website .

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toLos Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center in Anaheim, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 84°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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