25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
San Simeon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse and then stroll through Bodega Head.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Wine Tours & Tastings, Bodega Head
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip maker app .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks

Side Trip

Oak Meadow Park
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Oak Meadow Park ©
Oak Meadow Park

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hours
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Jose to Monterey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in April, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

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hours
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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Malibu trip builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and Blackbird Airpark. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Civic Musical Road (in Lancaster), Laguna Beach (Pacific Marine Mammal Center & 1,000 Steps Beach) and Vasquez Rocks Natural Area (in Agua Dulce). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Descanso Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lancaster, Laguna Beach, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Descanso Gardens, Blackbird Airpark
Highlights from your plan
Descanso Gardens ©
Descanso Gardens
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind A National Salute to Bob Hope & the Military, then pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Diego Botanic Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Encinitas
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): shop like a local with Lookout Studio, get great views at Yaki Point, and then take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, get great views at Lipan Point, then trek along Hermit Trail, and finally examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around -3°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to T-Mobile Arena and Bauman Rare Books. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Strip Gun Club, see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms, get your game on at Dig This, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas route builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Strip Gun Club ©
Strip Gun Club
T-Mobile Arena ©
T-Mobile Arena
Ghost & Vampire Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then hike along Four Mile Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): hike along May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and then trek along Panorama Trail.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and then hike along Lands End.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco route website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

3
nights
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.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, explore the striking landscape at Jade Cove, then learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Jade Cove ©
Jade Cove

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