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
— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

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. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Breakwater, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monterey journey planning tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Monterey. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 16th (Sun), do a tasting at Kenneth Volk Vineyards, do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, and then kick back and relax at Pismo State Beach.

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

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect nights in Santa Maria to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
On the 17th (Mon), try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and finally wander the streets of Las Vegas Downtown.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Maria to Las Vegas. In September, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Santa Maria - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Titanic ©
Titanic
Las Vegas Downtown ©
Las Vegas Downtown
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), hike along Bright Angel Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park route planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and 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 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica holiday planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer evenings in Santa Monica when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at El Pescador State Beach and then kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Malibu online visit planner .

Malibu is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In September in Malibu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Wood's Cove, then stroll through Dana Strands Beach, then kick back and relax at Victoria Beach, and finally stop by Buy Hand.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach online travel planner .

Drive from Malibu to Laguna Beach in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and then examine the collection at California State Capitol Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sacramento online holiday planner .

Getting from San Diego to Sacramento by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Sacramento hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through China Beach and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sacramento to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
China Beach ©
China Beach
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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