22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Truckee
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Horseshoe Bend
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mono Pass Trail, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with SWA Watersports and then hike along Mt Judah Loop Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Tompkins Memorial Trail, trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, and then take in the pleasant sights at Truckee River Legacy Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Truckee road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Truckee in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Truckee are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Horseshoe Bend.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, SWA Watersports
Highlights from your plan
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead

1
day
Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend is a city in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp counties in the U.S. On the 29th (Wed), explore the activities along Crown Lake.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Horseshoe Bend sightseeing planning site .

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Horseshoe Bend with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Truckee to Horseshoe Bend is 2 hours. Traveling from Truckee in April, expect nights in Horseshoe Bend to be much hotter, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Horseshoe Bend

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Crown Lake ©
Crown Lake

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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas vacation builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Horseshoe Bend to Las Vegas. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Horseshoe Bend in April: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 31°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks and then hike along Lost Palms Oasis Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park online attractions planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 4th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, then don't miss a visit to Frey House II, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain, and finally trek along Cactus to Clouds.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Cactus to Clouds ©
Cactus to Clouds

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder tool .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): shop like a local with Montana Avenue, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then browse the collection at Ocean Park Library, and finally stop by Bergamot Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planning site .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Ocean View Park ©
Ocean View Park

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