18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Adelaide

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Los Angeles, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
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.
Oceanside Pier and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and San Diego Bay Walk. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online visit planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. You will leave for Joshua Tree National Park on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip site .

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 18°C at night. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors

3
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 4th (Thu): listen to music at Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Titanic ©
Titanic
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara vacation planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by combination of bus and train takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online tour planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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