16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  11​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Santa Monica Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brussels, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip generator.

Do a combination of train and bus from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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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 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Rodeo Beach. Visit China Beach and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rodeo Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

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