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 + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
6
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

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 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at North Dome, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from London in December, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): shop like a local with Union Square, stop by City Lights Booksellers, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and finally take a stroll through SoMa.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get outdoors at Kailua Beach Park and Ehukai Beach Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua, Sunset Beach Park, Ehukai Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

1
night
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 31st (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then shop like a local with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try your luck at Casino at the Venetian, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then stop by Barneys New York, and finally explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Las Vegas takes 9 hours. Traveling from Honolulu to Las Vegas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in December, things will get cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time 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

2
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.
Visiting Canyon Village Marketplace and Grand Canyon National Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, and explore and take pictures at Point Imperial Drive.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park vacation maker .

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 (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

3
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.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Kee's Chocolates. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Central Park, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, wander the streets of Times Square, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City journey maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New York City, with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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