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 a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Step off the beaten path and head to California State Railroad Museum and Coit Tower. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, approximately 2 hours away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, shop like a local with Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder tool .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 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

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey journey planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

National Steinbeck Center, AiX, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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 enjoy the sand and surf at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach tour itinerary website .

Getting from Monterey to Pismo Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Broad and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and stop by LA Farmers' Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing site .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Pismo Beach in December, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive 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.
To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park day trip site .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 4°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 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
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns

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 31st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas route planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): cruise along Point Imperial Drive, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

1
night
Monument Valley

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Navajo Jewelry and Design, then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then make a trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planning website .

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 little chillier (3°C), and nights are about the same (-8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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