21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Arroyo Grande
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Paris

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Union Square, Chinatown and Exploratorium. On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Exploratorium and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take a stroll through Chinatown, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Crocker Art Museum and Old Town Auburn. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at California State Capitol Museum and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Auburn, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sacramento day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Old Town Auburn
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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 7th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and then admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online trip maker .

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in August, things will get little chillier in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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

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.
On the 9th (Fri), make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In August in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for Monterey on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monterey sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You'll set off for Arroyo Grande on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande ©
Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. You've now added Laetitia Vineyard and Winery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): do a tasting at Laetitia Vineyard and Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arroyo Grande trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to Arroyo Grande in 3 hours. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Arroyo Grande: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Arroyo Grande

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pismo State Beach, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pismo State Beach ©
Pismo State Beach
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

5
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.
You've added Universal Studios Hollywood, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Hollywood Sign, and other attractions to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood Bowl Museum. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Angelus Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planner .

You can drive from Arroyo Grande to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Arroyo Grande in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

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 Francisco

San Francisco
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

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