17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Tucson
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour itinerary planning website .

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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 25th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at The Grove, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Union Square, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planning website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 104°F and lows about 81°F. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Keshi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Santa Fe online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Las Vegas to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Santa Fe is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Santa Fe, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Keshi ©
Keshi
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest and then stroll through Rim Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Santa Fe in July, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission San Xavier del Bac, look for all kinds of wild species at Tucson Wildlife Center, then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Will You Escape?.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tucson trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 97°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Will You Escape? ©
Will You Escape?
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch ©
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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