21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

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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 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, then see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Diego is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Zurich in August, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Palmas, then steep yourself in history at Tennis Club District, then view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and finally shop like a local with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs day trip site .

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

CODA Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Las Palmas ©
Las Palmas
Tennis Club District ©
Tennis Club District
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

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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 21st (Wed), get great views at Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally get advice or help at Yavapai Point. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Yaki Point and then stroll through Rim Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Palm Springs in August, things will get much colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 31°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
day
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 23rd (Fri), trek along Rim Trail, then look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. In August in Bryce Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zion National Park tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 38°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoover Dam. On the 25th (Sun), admire the engineering at Hoover Dam and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

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

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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night
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 28th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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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 29th (Thu), trek along Panorama Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Four Mile Trail, then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, hike along Lands End, and then see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, stop by LA Farmers' Market, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then explore the world behind art at The Broad, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip app .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego vacation planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
San Diego Bay Walk ©
San Diego Bay Walk

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