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
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
8
New York City
— 2 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.
On the 25th (Sat), trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park 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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from London in May, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

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 27th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Union Square, take a stroll through SoMa, and then get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 29th (Wed), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Kwan Tai, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg vacation app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Simeon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 2nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Hoover Dam Bypass, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

For photos and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 46°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Hoover Dam Bypass ©
Hoover Dam Bypass

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally wander the streets of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Royal Street, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Frenchmen Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans is 2 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, you will find days in New Orleans are colder (33°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (33°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough 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
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, don't miss a visit to Times Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Chapel, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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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. Traveling from New Orleans in June, New York City is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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