18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to San Francisco. In June, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then trek along Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are much hotter (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

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 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 30th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Zuma Beach and then stroll through Nicholas Canyon Beach. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach and then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planning app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Santa Monica hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker site .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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