21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Hamilton
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Crescent City
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + subway + bus + taxi:  10​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: Hamilton

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Hamilton, Canada to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Hamilton in July, plan for warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 46°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Wall Street Mill ©
Wall Street Mill

2
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.
On the 28th (Sun), browse the different shops at The Grove, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, then kick back and relax at Seal Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with South Coast Plaza.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

26-Mile Bike Path, Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach, South Coast Plaza
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

3
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Moonstone Beach Dr and Piedras Blancas. Get in touch with nature at Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. Get out of town with these interesting Pismo Beach side-trips: Brown Butter Cookie Company (in Cayucos) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach online vacation planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Pismo Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Pismo Beach when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Rock, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then stroll through Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Big Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

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
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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 4th (Sun): trek along Lands End, take a stroll through Twin Peaks, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, and then look for gifts at Molinari Delicatessen.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel route builder .

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Molinari Delicatessen ©
Molinari Delicatessen

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Point St George Park, hike along Stout Grove, then immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and finally stop by Rumiano Cheese Company. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, then hike along Trillium Falls Hike, and then find something for the whole family at Trees of Mystery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Crescent City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Crescent City to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Trees of Mystery, Trillium Falls Hike
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. Get in touch with nature at Nevada Falls Loop and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get great views at Washburn Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Crescent City to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Crescent City, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip app .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Charleston and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Strip ©
The Strip
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage

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