16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yountville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Dunes Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Cowell Ranch State Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Point Reyes Safaris in Point Reyes Station (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yountville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yountville

— 2 nights
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
On the 29th (Tue), do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally soar above the sights with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Frog's Leap Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Chandon, and finally learn about winemaking at Peju Winery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yountville tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yountville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yountville dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then stroll through Point Sur State Historic Park, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur route planner.

Drive from Yountville to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yountville in September, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Ventura to see Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

Plan trip to Los Angeles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum (in Boulder City). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and try your luck at Paris Las Vegas.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planning site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sat), hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then take in a show at Hopi House.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nightlife · Trails · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.