18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Reno
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): delve into the mystery of Reno Air Racing Association, hike along Hunter Creek Trail, then enjoy some diversion at Antique Angel Wedding Chapel, and finally examine the collection at National Automobile Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Reno attractions website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Reno is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Zurich in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Reno, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Sacramento.

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Reno Air Racing Association ©
Reno Air Racing Association
Antique Angel Wedding Chapel ©
Antique Angel Wedding Chapel

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards), Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza & Sonoma Barracks) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip website .

Getting from Reno to Sacramento by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Reno in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sacramento, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

1
night
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sacramento to Crater Lake National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, subway, flight, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in September: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, then stop by Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and finally appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs online route planner .

Getting from Crater Lake National Park to Palm Springs by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, you will find days in Palm Springs are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Desert Holocaust Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree ©
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree

4
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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the San Diego travel planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in September, you will find days in San Diego are cooler (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip builder tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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