18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Page, Fly to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get outside with Mandalay Bay Beach, take a stroll through The Strip, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit planner.

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Las Vegas, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect nights in Zion National Park to be colder, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, and finally trek along Rim Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then trek along Wildcat Trail.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 6 hours. In July, Monument Valley is a bit warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): walk around Indian Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): get great views at Yaki Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally stroll through Gower Gulch Loop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planning site.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Lembert Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Dome.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
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 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, then examine the collection at Paley Center for Media, and finally cruise along Mulholland Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica road trip planning app.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Monica by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.