22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Papapietro Perry Winery (in Healdsburg) and Bolinas Beach (in Bolinas). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and trek along Lands End.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker.

Madrid, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 11th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and finally get your game on at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sacramento trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Sacramento are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

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A Land of Giants

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Congress Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and El Capitan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel site.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach to see Heisler Park about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get advice or help at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect much hotter evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Point Loma and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Encinitas (Swami's Beach & Cardiff State Beach) and Oceanside (Harbor Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 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 30°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.