18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Angelino Heights Historic Area and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Change things up with a short trip to Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and take in breathtaking views at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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 2nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas tour website .

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. In July, Las Vegas is much warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: take in a show at Hopi House, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip website .

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 when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 34°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, and then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica road trip planning tool .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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