20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, cast your line with a fishing tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

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Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, then stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Ansel Adams Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey planning app .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Hopi House. On the 9th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and get great views at Mather Point.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then take a stroll through The Strip. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect Las Vegas to be warmer, temps between 101°F and 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Third Street Promenade, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then look for gifts at La La Land, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect much hotter with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. You will leave for San Diego on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
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 15th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Diego journey website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

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