18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
+4
bus + Fly + train + subway + train:  13​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tee off at Big Trees Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Golf
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey website .

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 18th (Tue), shop like a local with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego visit planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in San Diego hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

3
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.
Getty Center The Publications and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Griffith Observatory and Norton Simon Museum. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Downtown Disney, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Downtown Disney
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
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.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at The Getty Villa, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary website .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Santa Monica hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Getty Villa, Manhattan Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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