21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Pacifica
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
drive:  4​h
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  11​h 30​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
10
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Glasgow

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Lombard Street, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning site .

Glasgow, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Glasgow to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glasgow in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pacifica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

1
day
Pacifica

Pacifica ©
Pacifica is a city in San Mateo County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pillar Point Harbor, kick back and relax at Mavericks, and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pacifica travel tool .

Pacifica is just a short distance from San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pacifica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Pillar Point Harbor ©
Pillar Point Harbor

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 7th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour planner .

Traveling by car from Pacifica to Carmel takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 9th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle and then admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, stop by Sebastian General Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in San Simeon are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): meet the residents at California Area Living Museum (CALM), then take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, and then examine the collection at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from San Simeon to Bakersfield in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, expect nights in Bakersfield to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are much warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
California Area Living Museum (CALM) ©
Kern County Museum ©
Kern County Museum
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

1
night
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 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bakersfield to Death Valley National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Las Vegas.
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

3
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.
Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then stroll through Angel's Landing.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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.
On the 18th (Sat), make a trip to Olmsted Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Zion National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 21°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, make a trip to Sonoma Plaza, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sonoma tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sonoma takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Sonoma dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Napa
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then catch a ride on Cable Cars. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sonoma in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to 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
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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