17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Zion National Park
— 1 day
Drive + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
4
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Wawona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Carson City
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Annenberg Community Beach House. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Orlando to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Orlando in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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 19th (Mon): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

1
day
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park online journey planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: highs in Zion National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then get great views at Horseshoe Bend, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Page sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of car and shuttle from Zion National Park to Page takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Page when traveling from Zion National Park in August, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend

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 22nd (Thu), stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

2
nights
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 23rd (Fri): go deep underground at Eureka Mine, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 98°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Earthquake Fault, then take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd, and then get impressive views of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wawona.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd

1
night
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wawona day trip website .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Wawona in 3 hours. In August, Wawona is somewhat warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 97°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carson City.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite, Tunnel View
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
night
Carson City

Carson City ©
Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. On the 28th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Nevada State Museum, steep yourself in history at Nevada State Capitol Building, then try your luck at Casino Fandango, then look for gifts at Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carson City road trip website .

Traveling by car from Wawona to Carson City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Wawona in August, expect Carson City to be a bit cooler, temps between 88°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carson City

Fun & Games Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trips

Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Casino Fandango ©
Casino Fandango
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach and then try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Carson City to South Lake Tahoe in an hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carson City in August, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 81°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento vacation planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Sacramento is somewhat warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 91°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament ©

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 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner .

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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

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