16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 1 night
End: Los Angeles

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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 13th (Sat), look for gifts at Amoeba Music. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online journey builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect cooler with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

1
night
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Capitola Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Capitola Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach

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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 17th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (45°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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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 22nd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): trek along Rim Trail, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to 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. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 34°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 25th (Thu), view the masterpieces at The Disney Gallery. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Anaheim planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, Anaheim is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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