17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
3
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and then wander the streets of Union Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing planning website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in San Francisco at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Monterey, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip website .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

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 maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur vacation planning tool .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Big Sur

Wineries

Side Trip

Joyce Vineyards

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then wander the streets of Bubblegum Alley, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip builder .

Drive from Big Sur to Pismo Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in May: highs in Pismo Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Wineries

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Victoria Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Santa Monica Mountains, explore and take pictures at Greystone Mansion and Park, wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica journey planner.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Monica when traveling from Pismo Beach in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Manhattan Beach, Victoria Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs route planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Santa Monica in May, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), you're off toLas Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Golf

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, get interesting insight from Tours, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning website .

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 May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Death Valley National Park. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and then wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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