18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Bishop
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 13th (Mon), get lost in a book at Santa Maria Library.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria day trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Santa Maria reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Library ©
Santa Maria Library

3
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 13th (Mon): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Santa Maria to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
On the 16th (Thu), do a tasting at Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards, examine the collection at California State Mining and Mineral Museum, then examine the collection at Mariposa Museum and History Center, and finally stop by Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Arts.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mariposa road trip planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Mariposa in 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Mariposa are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bishop.

Things to do in Mariposa

Museums Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Museum and History Center ©
Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards ©
Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards

1
night
Bishop

Bishop ©
Bishop is a city in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 17th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Laws Railroad Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Light Gallery, then take a peaceful walk through Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and finally stop by Bishop Visitor Center. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and then explore the activities along Convict Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bishop trip planner .

You can drive from Mariposa to Bishop in 4 hours. Traveling from Mariposa in September, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Bishop. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bishop

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Convict Lake
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ©
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Convict Lake ©
Convict Lake
Laws Railroad Museum ©
Laws Railroad Museum

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoover Dam Bypass. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bishop to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect much warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Bishop in September, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, then don't miss a visit to Frey House II, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Lucille Ball. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

Before you visit Palm Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in September, expect nights in San Diego to be slightly colder, around 23°C, while days are colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the next day, laugh and play at Downtown Disney, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Downtown Disney, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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