19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 1 night
End: Las Vegas

3
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
On the 31st (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the next day, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online sightseeing planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip maker site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Sun), get great views at Mather Point and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from San Diego in August, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

1
night
Las Vegas

Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect Las Vegas to be much warmer, temps between 45°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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