17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kingman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Boulder City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
11
Ridgecrest
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Castro Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): snap pictures at San Francisco Bay Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. You've added Bixby Bridge, 17-Mile Drive, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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Santa Barbara

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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as Angel City Brewery. On the 26th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then get a taste of local nightlife at Angel City Brewery.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kingman.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Nightlife Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Angel City Brewery ©
Angel City Brewery

1
night
Kingman

Kingman ©
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Historic Route 66 Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Historic Route 66 Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kingman trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Kingman takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, Kingman is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kingman

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon South Rim. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park journey builder tool .

Drive from Kingman to Grand Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Kingman - with highs of 28°C and lows of 7°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Boulder City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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hours
Boulder City

Boulder City
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Boulder City trip site .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Boulder City in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Boulder City to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Boulder City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip planner .

Getting from Boulder City to Las Vegas by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mosaic Canyon, Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. On the 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Death Valley National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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night
Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ridgecrest trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Ridgecrest takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ridgecrest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Museums Parks Nature

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
General Sherman Tree has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Moro Rock and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

You can plan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Ridgecrest to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. In October in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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Wawona

Wawona
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wawona route planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Wawona takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toCastro Valley.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Castro Valley

Castro Valley
Castro Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County, California, United States. For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Castro Valley trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Wawona to Castro Valley takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wawona in October: highs in Castro Valley hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Castro Valley

Parks Nightlife Outdoors

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