15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
7
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Melbourne

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Tuolumne Meadows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally get great views at Tunnel View.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On the next day, kick back and relax at Breakwater, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey visit site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, Monterey is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Kenneth Volk Vineyards, do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, and then kick back and relax at Pismo State Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria route maker tool .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Maria in 3 hours. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Maria, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pismo State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pismo State Beach ©
Pismo State Beach
Kenneth Volk Vineyards ©
Kenneth Volk Vineyards

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night
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 17th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, and then get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Santa Maria to Las Vegas with the Route module. Traveling from Santa Maria in September, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Titanic ©
Titanic

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get great views at Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Montana Avenue, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect much hotter with lows of 21°C in Santa Monica. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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night
Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Pescador State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malibu journey maker website .

Malibu is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Wood's Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dana Strands Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, and finally look for gifts at Buy Hand.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Laguna Beach route maker .

Getting from Malibu to Laguna Beach by car takes about 2 hours. September in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dana Strands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wood's Cove ©
Wood's Cove
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Buy Hand ©
Buy Hand

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night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Diego fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to San Diego takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Old Sacramento, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and then see the interesting displays at California State Capitol Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sacramento attractions planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planner .

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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