18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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 17th (Wed): examine the collection at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have fun at Las Vegas Shooting Center, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online travel route planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Las Vegas. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Top Shot Las Vegas ©
Top Shot Las Vegas

1
night
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 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 21st (Sun), look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and finally explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

4
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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