21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
14
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
15
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
16
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour 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 March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

few
hours
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. To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur sightseeing planning site .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. March in Big Sur sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Santa Barbara

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of State Street, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach, and finally trek along Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara vacation builder site .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

1
night
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.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online visit planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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night
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.
On the 1st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego travel route planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Mojave.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

1
night
Mojave

Mojave
On the 2nd (Tue), trek along Mojave Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mojave trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Mojave by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mojave, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Outdoors Parks Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, hike along Rim Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally make a trip to Powell Point. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Mojave to Grand Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Mojave, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): cruise along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, then identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park route maker app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, you will find days in Bryce Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zion National Park and Red Cliffs Recreation Area. Explore hidden gems such as Brian Head Resort and Sky Mountain Golf Course. Take a break from Zion National Park with a short trip to Pine Valley Chapel in Pine Valley, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Hidden Canyon, trek along Riverside Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. In April, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brian Head Resort, Sky Mountain Golf Course, Red Cliffs Recreation Area, Pine Valley Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Brian Head Resort ©
Brian Head Resort
Pine Valley Chapel ©
Pine Valley Chapel

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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 The Strip as well as Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains and then shop like a local with The Strip.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip website .

Getting from Zion National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in April, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Big Baldy, and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Big Baldy ©
Big Baldy
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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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 14th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach, and finally hit the slopes at Adventure Mountain.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. April in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Stream Profile Chamber
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Mountain ©
Adventure Mountain
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

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