13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Drive
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Kernville
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary site.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 5°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

A Land of Giants

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.
You've now added General Grant Tree Trail to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in December, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kernville.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Kernville

— 1 night
Kernville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Kern County, California, United States. To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kernville online trip builder.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Kernville in 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kernville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Kernville

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kernville to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

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 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Las Vegas Downtown and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

Plan a Grand Canyon National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 2nd (Sun), look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 7°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.