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
Drive:  30​min
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
5
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
8
Carmel
— 1 night
drive:  30​min
9
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
10
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Lee Vining
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
14
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Mammoth Lakes
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
17
Zion National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
18
Page
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
20
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
21
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

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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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica day trip planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Monica is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. You will leave for Malibu on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Malibu Pier, Zuma Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

Discover how to plan a Malibu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Malibu Lagoon State Beach ©
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Malibu Pier ©
Malibu Pier

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stearns Wharf as well as Santa Barbara Harbor.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara itinerary planner .

Drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Pismo Beach.
Highlights from your plan
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monarch Butterfly Grove as well as Pismo Pier.

Plan a Pismo Beach trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Pismo Beach sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You've now added Morro Rock to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner .

Morro Bay is just a short distance from Pismo Beach. July in Morro Bay sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Anchor Memorial Park ©
Anchor Memorial Park
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Moonstone Beach has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planning site .

Cambria is just a short distance from Morro Bay. When traveling from Morro Bay in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online visit planner .

San Simeon is just a stone's throw from Cambria. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pebble Beach Golf Links as well as Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary builder tool .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cannery Row, Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online travel route builder .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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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.
You've now added Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip builder site .

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Union Square, Chinatown, Lombard Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a stroll through Chinatown and then wander the streets of Union Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
You've added Inspiration Point Vista, D.L. Bliss State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at D.L. Bliss State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online road trip 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. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Incline Village, Lake Tahoe (California), Inspiration Point Vista, M.S. Dixie II
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lee Vining trip maker website .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Lee Vining takes 2.5 hours. In July in Lee Vining, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center ©

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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.
You've added Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls Loop, Vernal Fall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then get answers to all your questions at Valley Visitor Center, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

June Lake Loop
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mammoth Mountain, Devils Postpile National Monument, Inyo Craters, and other attractions you added.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes journey planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mary ©
Lake Mary
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vegas! The Show, Mirage Volcano, The Mirage, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Mirage Volcano, then try your luck at The Mirage, then try to win big at Caesars Palace, and finally try your luck at Casino at the Venetian.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 47°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zion Shuttle, Observation Point, The Narrows, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Page day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and shuttle from Zion National Park to Page takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grand Canyon Village, Dinosaur Tracks, Bright Angel Point, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

Find out how to plan Grand Canyon National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Page in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Dinosaur Tracks
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've added Downtown Long Beach, Fireworks at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Irvine Spectrum Center, then browse the different shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, and then wander the streets of Downtown Long Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip tool .

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 changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Anaheim, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Irvine Spectrum Center, Knott's Berry Farm, Downtown Long Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Anaheim GardenWalk ©
Anaheim GardenWalk
Irvine Spectrum Center ©
Irvine Spectrum Center

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Sign, Lake Hollywood Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get behind the scenes with Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In July, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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