15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Bergamot Station. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, stop by Hollywood & Highland, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and appreciate the history behind Guitar Center.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), hike along South Kaibab Trail and then hike along Rim Trail. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then take in a show at Hopi House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try your luck at The Venetian, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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 (Thu), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Union Square, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then kick back and relax at China Beach, and finally get great views at Twin Peaks.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip generator.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by The Cheese Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz vacation planner.

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 October, Santa Cruz is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by Amoeba Music, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Santa Cruz - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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