18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Step out of Anaheim to go to Corona del Mar and see Little Corona Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: make a trip to Anaheim Packing District.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim day trip site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Anaheim is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to Anaheim. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Anaheim hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Little Corona Beach
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Little Corona Beach ©
Little Corona Beach
Anaheim Packing District ©
Anaheim Packing District

3
nights
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.
Head to Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion and Park. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, browse the different shops at Santa Monica Place, stroll through South Bay Bicycle Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Santa Monica by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Greystone Mansion and Park
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and California State Railroad Museum. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, stroll through Lands End, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, California State Railroad Museum, Marin Headlands, Natural Bridges State Beach, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand, and finally take a stroll through Old Pasadena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, explore the fascinating landscape at The Huntington Desert Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center, then stop by Vroman's Bookstore, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pasadena, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center, The Americana at Brand, The Huntington Desert Garden, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
The Huntington Desert Garden ©
The Huntington Desert Garden
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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