18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Visalia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
St. George
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
10
Kingman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Oatman
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
12
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Ventura
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
16
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Pebble Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
19
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
20
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
21
Boulder Creek
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
22
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey builder .

Amsterdam, Holland to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Point ©
Fort Point
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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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 (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Visalia.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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Visalia

Visalia ©
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes General Sherman Tree, Giant Forest and Moro Rock. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Moro Rock.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Visalia visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Visalia with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Visalia reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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Bakersfield

Bakersfield
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bakersfield driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Visalia to Bakersfield in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Visalia in August, Bakersfield is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Outdoors Tours

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Bakersfield to Death Valley National Park takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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 26th (Mon): take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas holiday planning site .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. George.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms

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St. George

St. George
St. To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St. George trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to St. George in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in St. George, with lows of 25°C. On the 28th (Wed), you're off toPage.

Things to do in St. George

Outdoors Parks Nature

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then take some stellar pictures from Horseshoe Bend, then take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and finally explore the striking landscape at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Page day trip site .

Getting from St. George to Page by shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument ©
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get great views at Powell Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from Page to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Page in August, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 31°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kingman.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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Kingman

Kingman
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kingman holiday site .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Kingman by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Kingman at 41°C and lows at 23°C. You'll set off for Oatman on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Kingman

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Oatman

Oatman
Oatman is a town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. You've now added Oatman Ghost Town to your itinerary. On the 30th (Fri), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oatman Ghost Town.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oatman itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kingman to Oatman takes an hour. In August, Oatman is somewhat warmer than Kingman - with highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Oatman

Historic Sites

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Oatman to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oatman in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Joshua Tree National Park, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 31st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Murray Canyon Trail.

Plan my trip to Palm Springs with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 49°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wildlife Parks

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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 Venice Canals Walkway as well as Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online holiday builder .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Americana at Brand
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

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Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), stroll through San Buenaventura State Beach, then stop by VOM FASS Ventura, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ventura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Ventura to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Buenaventura State Beach ©
San Buenaventura State Beach
Mission San Buenaventura ©
Mission San Buenaventura
VOM FASS Ventura ©
VOM FASS Ventura

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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.
On the 2nd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Santa Barbara is very close to Ventura. In September in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Santa Maria are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Pebble Beach on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Wineries Tours

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. On the 3rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, stop by The Cheese Shop, and then admire the striking features of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pebble Beach tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Maria to Pebble Beach in 3 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pebble Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Cultural Center ©
Sunset Cultural Center
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour itinerary builder site .

Monterey is very close to Pebble Beach. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 4th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Mission State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Lakes State Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz vacation planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Boulder Creek.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Twin Lakes State Beach ©
Twin Lakes State Beach

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Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek ©
Boulder Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, with a population of 4,923 as of the 2010 census.Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume terminating in Felton, which began construction in 1874 and when formally opened in October 1875 was augmented by a new rail line to transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): experience rural life at Swanton Berry Farm.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boulder Creek online trip itinerary builder .

Boulder Creek is just a short distance from Santa Cruz. In September, daily temperatures in Boulder Creek can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.
Highlights from your plan
Swanton Berry Farm ©
Swanton Berry Farm

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Sherwin Family Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Salvestrin Winery, then do a tasting at Prager Winery & Port Works, and finally do a tasting at Trujillo Wines.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the St. Helena attractions planning website .

Getting from Boulder Creek to St. Helena by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Boulder Creek in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in St. Helena. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Sherwin Family Vineyards ©
Sherwin Family Vineyards
Salvestrin Winery ©
Salvestrin Winery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum. Enjoy San Francisco some more: trek along Lands End, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, cast your line with a fishing tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

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Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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