17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
Fly + Bus:  5​h 45​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
13
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Seattle is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, and then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe vacation maker site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning app .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Keep things going the next day: hike along Panorama Trail and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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day
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.
On the 6th (Tue), trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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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 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

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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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 8th (Thu): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip maker .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 9th (Fri), trek along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then get great views at Powell Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour and then see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Phoenix at 47°C and lows at 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Phoenix in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and then kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Malibu trip app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Malibu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Malibu sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Plan a trip to Los Angeles easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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