16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Palm Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  44​h
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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 21st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

1
night
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 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, get engrossed in the history at Bright Angel History Room, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and finally take some stellar pictures from Powell Point. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

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. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are much colder (-11°C). On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

3
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 28th (Fri), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

1
day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Palm Springs sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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