18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monterey road trip planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Monterey are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by Rons, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then stroll around Dinosaur Caves Park, and finally kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Monterey to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rons, The Luffa Farm
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park
Rons ©
Rons

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Monica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Pismo Beach in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Santa Monica. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market

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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker app .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): trek along Bright Angel Trail. On your second day here, trek along Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online route planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 60°F at night. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toDeath Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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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 7th (Mon), get great views at Tunnel View, then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and then get great views at Washburn Point. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are colder with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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