20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Half Moon Bay
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and make a trip to Book Passage.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
night
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Filoli, then stroll through Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Half Moon Bay, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Filoli
Highlights from your plan
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Filoli ©
Filoli

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Half Moon Bay to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are much hotter, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Santa Barbara

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 2nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip builder app .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. On the next day, get great views at Buck Rock Lookout, delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, and then hike along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree 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.
On the 6th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, push the limits with an extreme tour, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip maker .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 45°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip website .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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