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
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Thu), take a stroll through Twin Peaks. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Childrens 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trona Pinnacles and Mosaic Canyon. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Fall Canyon and tour the pleasant surroundings at Telescope Peak trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 17°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©

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 20th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Hoover Dam Bypass and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas visit planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, shop like a local with Frenchmen Street, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder site .

Fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Las Vegas in January, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fifth Avenue and Times Square. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Orleans in January: highs in New York City hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

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