17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Barstow
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
We've included these beaches for you: Cowell Ranch State Beach and Shark Fin Cove. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pomponio State Beach. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waddell Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff State Beach, California.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Bristol, UK to Santa Cruz is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 26th (Mon), appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 1 night

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
On the 29th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Woodland Auto Display, walk around City Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Stadium Park, and finally stop by Grape Encounters Empourium.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paso Robles online holiday planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Escape the urban bustle at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Boyden Cavern, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

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Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in July since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), revel in the low prices at Outlets at Barstow, then learn more about the world around you at Mojave River Valley Museum, then stroll through Rainbow Basin Natural Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Barstow Station.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barstow trip tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Barstow by car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Barstow: highs are around 46°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, meet the residents at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, get outside with Mandalay Bay Beach, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For photos and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Barstow to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Zuma Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu). There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.