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
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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Lake Havasu City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Santa Monica
— 1 night
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and stroll through China Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and then take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Skidoo Mill.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas visit planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): hike along South Kaibab Trail, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

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

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 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley journey planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat 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 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

1
night
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument, see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, then look and learn at Lowell Observatory, then explore the world behind art at West of the Moon Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Flagstaff trip planner .

Getting from Lake Havasu City to Flagstaff by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lake Havasu City to Flagstaff. In September, Flagstaff is much colder than Lake Havasu City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Northern Arizona ©
Museum of Northern Arizona
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
West of the Moon Gallery ©
West of the Moon Gallery

1
night
Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Havasu City online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Lake Havasu City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Flagstaff to Lake Havasu City is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Flagstaff in September; daily highs in Lake Havasu City reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Havasu City to Palm Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 44°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip planning website .

Getting from Palm Springs to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in September: highs in Santa Monica hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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