18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

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

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Denver to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in September, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Visiting Twin Peaks and China Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and then kick back and relax at Breakwater.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 29th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and then walk around Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pismo Beach vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Pismo Beach in September, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), try your luck at Casino at the Venetian, then try your luck at New York New York Casino, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Strip, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Tonto Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 31°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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