17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Prescott
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  15​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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. The adventure continues: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco journey planning tool .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Traveling from London in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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 11th (Wed): make a trip to Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online attractions planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toLas Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker app .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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 15th (Sun), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

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 (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

1
night
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. On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 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 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prescott.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

1
night
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, admire the local landmark of Yavapai County Courthouse Square, get a taste of the local shopping with Newman Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art, then wander the streets of Whiskey Row, and finally explore by horseback at Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sharlot Hall Museum, learn about winemaking at Superstition Meadery, and then pause for some photo ops at Bucky O'Neill Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Prescott driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Prescott in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Prescott are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Prescott

Historic Sites Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Superstition Meadery ©
Superstition Meadery

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs road trip planning website .

Getting from Prescott to Palm Springs by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prescott in September: highs in Palm Springs hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You will leave for Santa Monica on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Ocean Avenue and Shotgun House will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Santa Barbara (State Street Underpass & Old Mission Santa Barbara). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica tour planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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