17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: San Jose

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then engage your brain at California Science Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour itinerary builder app .

San Jose to Los Angeles is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and Tom Devlin's Monster Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are much warmer (104°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (81°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect San Francisco to be cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Parsons Memorial and Yosemite Museum Gallery. And it doesn't end there: walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

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. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then admire the striking features of Vikingsholm, and then try your luck at Harveys Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Stateline
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then do a tasting at Domaine Carneros.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, Napa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tahoe City Field Station, enjoy the sea views from Lake Tahoe, and then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to Truckee takes 3 hours. Traveling from Napa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Truckee, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tahoe City Field Station, Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe

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