20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Motif, make a trip to Frey House II, then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Sonny Bono Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and then stop by Crystal Fantasy.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at Petco Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning site .

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, get your game on at Dig This, and shop like a local with The Strip.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Las Vegas using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and Mohave Point. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, trek along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and get great views at Mather Point.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 31°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then don't miss a visit to The Senate. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planning tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Senate
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Tunnel View. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at San Francisco Bay Bridge, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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