18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stanford University, Golden Gate Bridge, SoMa (South of Market Street), and other attractions you added. You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Ocean Beach. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and stop by Union Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary builder.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford University, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Wawona Golf Course, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Big Sur sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Big Sur in May, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). On the 5th (Fri), you're off toSanta Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, then wander the streets of State Street, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old Mission Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade and then stroll through Oxnard Beach Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara vacation builder.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Ventura Pier and Promenade, Oxnard Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

4
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.
Getty Center Publications and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Venice Canals Walkway and Olvera Street. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Bergamot Station, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, and make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip generator.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Kolb Studio, enjoy live theater at Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and finally get great views at Grandview Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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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 Valley of Fire State Park. Do your shopping at The Strip and Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary maker.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 65°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Clark County Heritage Museum, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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