17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
train + Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
End: Durham

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at San Francisco City Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip app .

Durham, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durham in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
China Beach ©
China Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect much colder with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): shop like a local with Art at the Main Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugar House Park, and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Salt Lake City, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Sugar House Park ©
Sugar House Park
Art at the Main Gallery ©
Art at the Main Gallery

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Powell Point. On the 18th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: hike along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and get great views at Yaki Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in September; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough 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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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