18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Las Vegas

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), shop like a local with The Strip and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, explore the world behind art at Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Las Vegas. In May, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. In May, Bryce Canyon National Park is colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Nature

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail and then hike along Alstrom Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Powell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Lake Powell takes 6 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Lake Powell are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are much warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Alstrom Point
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Alstrom Point ©
Alstrom Point

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., then stop by Navajo Jewelry and Design, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monument Valley day trip app .

You can drive from Lake Powell to Monument Valley in 7 hours. Traveling from Lake Powell in May, expect Monument Valley to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Museums Shopping
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Photography Tours

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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 28th (Tue): take in a show at Hopi House, get great views at Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Tusayan Museum, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, then take an in-depth tour of Bright Angel History Room, and finally get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. In May, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Monument Valley - with highs of 68°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

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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 (Thu): admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park holiday website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

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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 31st (Fri): browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Mingei International Museum ©
Mingei International Museum

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, then trek along Big Baldy, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Echo Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 3rd (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Eleven53 Interpretive Center, get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, then look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake County Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park

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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 4th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Exploratorium and SoMa. You'll explore and learn at Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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