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:  12​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then stop by Bergamot Station, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. 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. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, Santa Cruz is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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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 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Cruz in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery, then tee off at Wawona Golf Course, and finally 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, don't miss a visit to Valley View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -1°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 27th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, try your luck at New York New York Casino, try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes, and finally try your luck at Caesars Palace.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas itinerary builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Caesars Palace ©
Caesars Palace
New York New York Casino ©
New York New York Casino

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take in a show at Hopi House, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and finally get great views at Mather Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

1
day
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
On the 29th (Sun), push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy some music at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, then try to win big at Caesars Palace, and finally browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Forum Shops at Caesars ©
The Forum Shops at Caesars
Caesars Palace ©
Caesars Palace

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night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 30th (Mon), shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, stroll through Santa Monica Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally browse the different shops at The Grove. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by Hollywood & Highland, stop by The Original Farmers Market, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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