18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then wander the streets of The Strip. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip planner.

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House and then stroll through Rim Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

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

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect Monument Valley to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

Plan my day in Zion National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. In September in Zion National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park travel tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. In September, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Zion National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Santa Monica takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

4
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.
Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Monica in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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