15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lugano
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 15​min
End: Lugano

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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 5th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Lugano, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Lugano - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Limekiln State Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), get curious at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crissy Field, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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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 12th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then stroll through Four Mile Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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night
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, and finally take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lone Pine trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect Lone Pine to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Inyo National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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hours
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 14th (Mon): get your game on at Dig This, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally enjoy some diversion at The Range 702.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lone Pine in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

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night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 15th (Tue), admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Petco Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Coronado Island and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip website .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

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