18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Barbara
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Diego

— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego driving holiday planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in May since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Morro Bay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for Monterey on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Morro Bay

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 27th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planning tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 15°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 31st (Fri), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Kanab.
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Kanab

— 3 nights
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kanab Heritage House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanab tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Kanab in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Kanab. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, Kanab is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to The Strip and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanab to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanab in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 46°C, while lows dip to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip tool.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Museums

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.