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:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lake Havasu City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  8​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Get outdoors at San Jacinto Mountain and Indian Canyons. Do some cultural sightseeing at Danza del Sol Winery and Palm Springs Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Theresa Church and admire all the interesting features of Sam Cobb Farms.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Temecula, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Sam Cobb Farms
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Danza del Sol Winery ©
Danza del Sol Winery

2
nights
Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): snap pictures at London Bridge, then explore the activities along Lake Havasu, and then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Havasu State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lake Havasu City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Lake Havasu City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lake Havasu City can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Havasu State Park ©
Lake Havasu State Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Lake Havasu ©
Lake Havasu

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rim Trail as well as Bright Angel Trail. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hike along Rim Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lake Havasu City to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lake Havasu City in September, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 7°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Page.

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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
You've now added Antelope Canyon to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Page tour website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Page by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, Page is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and car from Page to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Page in September, plan for little chillier nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip maker .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, Death Valley National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, then take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a movie at California Science Center, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, and finally admire all the interesting features of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online vacation planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from San Simeon in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Avila Adobe ©
Avila Adobe

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