17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
13
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
14
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
15
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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nights
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 25th (Mon): take a stroll through Union Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online day trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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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.
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planning site .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Santa Monica. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

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

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night
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 29th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning site .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in March, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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night
Mojave

Mojave ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kelso Dunes, make a trip to World's Tallest Thermometer, then look for gifts at Alien Fresh Jerky, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort irwin & NTC museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Painted rocks.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mojave online travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Mojave takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mojave, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fort Irwin, Baker, Kelso Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Kelso Dunes ©
Kelso Dunes
Alien Fresh Jerky ©
Alien Fresh Jerky
Painted rocks ©
Painted rocks

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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.
To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mojave to Grand Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mojave in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

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day
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, get great views at Inspiration Point, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for slightly colder days in Bryce Canyon National Park, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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night
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park travel route planning app .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in April: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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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 5th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then take a stroll through The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zion National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 31°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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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 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, cruise along Generals Hwy, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then hike along Moro Rock, and finally contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. April in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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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 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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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 9th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, try to win big at Harveys Casino, then soothe aching muscles at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and finally admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Stateline
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe ©
Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe

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