20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Beatty
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Boulder City
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
End: Las Vegas

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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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. August in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and then trek along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria trip builder .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Santa Maria at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge and then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur sightseeing site .

Drive from Santa Maria to Big Sur in 4 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Mariposa Grove, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wawona trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Wawona in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Wawona are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Beatty.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

few
hours
Beatty

Beatty
Beatty is an unincorporated town along the Amargosa River in Nye County in the U.S. For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beatty online travel route planner .

You can drive from Wawona to Beatty in 6.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Beatty are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Beatty

Parks Outdoors Nature

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Beatty to Death Valley National Park takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Boulder City.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

few
hours
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, pause for some photo ops at Winged Figures of the Republic Statues, and then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder City day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Boulder City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, Boulder City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning app .

Drive from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Boulder City, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, wander the streets of The Strip, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas route maker site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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