16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Zurich


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3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then get great views at Half Dome.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip website .

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect Las Vegas to be much hotter, temps between 47°C and 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary maker website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (River Rafting & Tubing & Independence Pass). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, and take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Vail takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Independence Pass
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Vail to Denver in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vail in July, expect nights in Denver to be somewhat warmer, around 18°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Beer Tastings & Tours

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