17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  15​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Tokyo

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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): listen to music at Third Street Promenade, then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and then stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary planning app .

Tokyo, Japan to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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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 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in December since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, with lows around 11°C. You will leave for Cambria on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 26th (Tue), hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association and then explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cambria online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in Cambria hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Cable Car Museum will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Nob Hill, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Cambria to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Cambria in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Francisco, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), shop like a local with Lookout Studio and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas
To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are warmer (4°C). On the 4th (Thu), you're off toDeath Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek and then cruise along Artists Dr.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Grove ©
The Grove