21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pageant of the Masters and Heisler Park. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Dana Point Harbor (in Dana Point) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Dana Point Harbor, Disneyland Park, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): have fun at Petco Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then steep yourself in history at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Yavapai Point. Go for a jaunt from Grand Canyon National Park to Tuba City to see Dinosaur Tracks about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lipan Point, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, and cruise along Cape Royal.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel tool .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Dinosaur Tracks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Cape Royal ©
Cape Royal

3
nights
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore hidden gems such as Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Dig This. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Bellagio Fountains, take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, trek along Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum and then explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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