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:  5​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Los Angeles
— Few hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

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, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica State Beach
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

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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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cannery Row and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel day trip site .

Fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Carmel to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Cannery Row
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz tour planning website .

Drive from Carmel 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. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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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 16th (Tue): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, look for gifts at Fog City News, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip maker .

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. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
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 18th (Thu), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, then admire the striking features of Vikingsholm, then look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel site .

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

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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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 24th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 47°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center and then look for gifts at The Packing House. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Anaheim in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Anaheim hover around 35°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Irvine Spectrum Center, Newport Beach, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday builder .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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