24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
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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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
You've now added Stearns Wharf to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You've now added Monterey Bay Aquarium to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

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Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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've now added Vernal Fall to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall. On your second day here, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Moro Rock Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

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 4th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature

Los Angeles

— 8 nights

City of Angels

Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. See even more of Los Angeles: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In August, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.