17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Marble Canyon, Kane, Arizona, United States of America, Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a stroll through Chinatown. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, trek along Lands End, then play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Partington Cove and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur visit planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Gaylor Lake. Visiting Vernal Fall and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, make a trip to Pothole Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and finally tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range and then take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 11th (Mon), walk around Indian Garden, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, get great views at Lookout Studio, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and finally take some stellar pictures from Powell Point. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along East Rim Drive, get great views at Shoshone Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park route planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, and then stroll through Rim Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Bryce Canyon National Park, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar City Beach, stroll through Moonlight State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Carlsbad State Beach, then stroll through Pacific Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, then stroll through Windansea Beach, and then stroll through La Jolla Shores Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to San Diego by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 16th (Sat), make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then explore and take pictures at 26-Mile Bike Path, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stroll through Redondo Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker app.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.