17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in December, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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 Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will get you outdoors. On the 22nd (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the next day, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yavapai Geology Museum and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Canyon Village Marketplace. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

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
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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 29th (Sun): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 16°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

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

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's more to do: explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and hike along Manoa Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu day trip site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Honolulu in 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in Honolulu at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunset Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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