19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco. While traveling from Zurich, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then stroll through Panorama Trail. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
On the 9th (Thu), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park and then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego travel planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park online day trip planner .

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. While traveling from San Diego, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

2
nights
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 12th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio and then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online itinerary builder .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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.
On the 15th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. In August, Las Vegas is much warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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