17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  11​h
1
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
10
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Nashville

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Redwood National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Nashville to Redwood National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Redwood National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Nashville in May: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature Outdoors Trails
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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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 24th (Sun): engage your brain at Exploratorium, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Crissy Field, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation builder site .

Getting from Redwood National Park to San Francisco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Redwood National Park in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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night
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 26th (Tue): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then browse the exhibits of Hawthorne Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Big Sur travel tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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night
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 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online holiday builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Big Sur in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim day trip site .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. May in Anaheim sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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nights
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 31st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 102°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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hours
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 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 103°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Las Vegas to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 85°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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