17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
car:  7​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA as well as Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of local nightlife at The Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park online visit planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 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 September, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, admire all the interesting features of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point, then stroll through Wildcat Trail, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monument Valley tour planning app .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 32°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Forrest Gump Point
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park vacation maker app .

Getting from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 5°C. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park route planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, Death Valley National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): cruise along Generals Hwy and then trek along Moro Rock.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), hike along Mariposa Grove, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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. On the 27th (Fri), admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then hike along Point Lobos.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
You've now added Venice Beach and Boardwalk to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey planning site .

Fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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