13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  19​h
End: Lisbon

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then hike along Panorama Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online journey maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

few
hours
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 15°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 46°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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 2nd (Sun): try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: try your luck at The Mirage and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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 4th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 6th (Thu): get great views at Yaki Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

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