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
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
7
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and North Dome. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mono Lake County Park and Olmsted Point. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website .

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. Traveling from London in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted 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.
On the 28th (Tue), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 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, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Simeon vacation planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, trek along Point Lobos, and then admire the striking features of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Hoover Dam Bypass, push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in June, with highs in Las Vegas at 46°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Gallier House, then steep yourself in history at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and finally wander the streets of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Royal Street, and then hunt for treasures at Frenchmen Street.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans road trip planning site .

Fly from Las Vegas to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for colder days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can 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

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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in June, New York City is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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