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 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Botanical Garden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Change things up with a short trip to Safari West in Santa Rosa (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Monterey sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, AiX
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 25th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and finally stop by Alapay Cellars.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alapay Cellars, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Shop till you drop at The Grove and Guitar Center. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Joshua Tree National Park is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 19°C and lows of 4°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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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 31st (Tue), examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): trek along South Kaibab Trail, stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

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Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 3rd (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Monument Valley are slightly colder (3°C), and nights are about the same (-8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©