23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
8
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip generator.

Frankfurt, Germany to Santa Barbara is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Chocolate Maya ©
Chocolate Maya

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

few
hours
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.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
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.
Titanic and Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Overton to see Lost City Museum about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes, examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, and enjoy some music at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip generator.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Overton
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 26°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Lake Tahoe.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Truckee itinerary builder.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Visiting Tunnel View and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation trip planner.

Drive from Truckee to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Moss Landing State Beach. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Seventeen Mile Drive (in Carmel) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waddell State Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Moss Landing State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center (in Santa Rosa), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and V. Sattui (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: get curious at California Academy of Sciences, kick back and relax at China Beach, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Mumm Napa, V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa