16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  15 h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  6 h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h
End: Manchester

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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, thenkick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 25th (Sat), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak, thenexplore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks, and then take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak

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.
On the 27th (Mon), try to win big at The Mirage, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, thentry to win big at New York New York Casino, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel route website.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, thenexplore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then hike along Telescope Peak trail.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for little chillier nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Telescope Peak trail ©
Telescope Peak trail

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of SoMa, thensteep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

1
night
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 5th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Seabright State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at East Beach, grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, thenadmire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
East Beach ©
East Beach

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