17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Dublin

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Laguna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Laguna Beach (Victoria Beach & Crystal Cove). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Santa Monica Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation maker app .

Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Los Angeles. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Laguna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then browse the collection at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Big Sur itinerary app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Big Sur reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
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.
Roaring River Falls has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Wed), trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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.
Sentinel Dome has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: hike along Lembert Dome and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes and identify plant and animal life at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Head, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

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