20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Barstow
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately Napa away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and visit Chinatown.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip tool.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.
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Mammoth Lakes — 1 night

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover how to plan a Mammoth Lakes trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 22nd (Tue).
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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): cruise along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

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 23rd (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Barstow.
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Barstow — 1 night

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Barstow route builder.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Barstow takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour builder tool.

You can drive from Barstow to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barstow in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 3 nights

The American Riviera

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 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, shop like a local with State Street Underpass, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally have fun at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

A Land of Giants

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 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 1st (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. See even more of San Francisco: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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