17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Doncaster
Train + Fly:  16 h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Bus + Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
End: Doncaster

3
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.
The Grove has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip planner.

Doncaster, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 16- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from Doncaster, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: trek along Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library, and finally admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara vacation app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 10°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and finally get great views at Twin Peaks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then make a trip to Book Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally try to win big at Paris Las Vegas. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower, then examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas planner.

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 April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Las Vegas. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Rim Trail and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. On the next day, hike along South Kaibab Trail, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally get great views at Mather Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and 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. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally make a trip to VillageFest.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs online day trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, expect Palm Springs to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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