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:  15​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Petaluma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walt Disney Concert Hall, Griffith Observatory and Universal Studios Hollywood. Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Melrose Trading Post. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip maker .

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego attractions planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas tour planner.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

1
day
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.
On the 16th (Wed), stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip site .

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. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Start your trip to Lake Powell by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Powell takes 7 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, Lake Powell is a bit warmer at night with lows of -1°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Outdoors Nature

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Lake Powell to Death Valley National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Lake Powell to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lake Powell in January, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 17°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey journey builder tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Petaluma.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

1
night
Petaluma

Petaluma ©
Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, 32mi north of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by Petaluma Seed Bank and then immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Petaluma trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Petaluma in 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in January, Petaluma is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Petaluma

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Petaluma Seed Bank ©
Petaluma Seed Bank

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 Fort Funston National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Union Square, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Petaluma to San Francisco in an hour. Traveling from Petaluma in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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