23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + foot + shuttle + foot + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Fri), stop by Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, then admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and finally take a stroll around Civic Center. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Golden Gate National Recreation Area ©
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at El Portal Market. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 7th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Mammoth Brewing Company, explore the striking landscape at Obsidian Dome, and then take a memorable drive along June Lake Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Crystal Lake trail, grab your bike and head to Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Eleven53 Interpretive Center.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

June Lake Loop
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Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
June Lake Loop ©
June Lake Loop
Mammoth Brewing Company ©
Mammoth Brewing Company

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and then steep yourself in history at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 42°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
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Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Zabriskie Point has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 46°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Angel's Landing and then explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zion National Park trip planning app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect nights in Zion National Park to be much colder, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in a show at Hopi House, then get great views at Lookout Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally trek along South Kaibab Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mohave Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel planner .

Getting from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by bus takes about 11.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in August: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along Ryan Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park and then play a few rounds at Westin Mission Hills Resort - Gary Player Course.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 49°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Westin Mission Hills Resort - Gary Player Course
Highlights from your plan
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

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Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, look for gifts at Tom's Farms, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Newport Beach trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Newport Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: highs in Newport Beach hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Tom's Farms
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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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 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, and finally stop by Hollywood & Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, look for gifts at Magicopolis, and then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner .

You can drive from Newport Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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