25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
taxi:  15​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
End: Las Vegas

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Champoeg State Heritage Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and then have some family-friendly fun at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfront Renaissance Trail, and then wander the streets of Alberta Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland sightseeing planner.

Seattle to Portland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Champoeg State Heritage Park, Waterfront Renaissance Trail
Highlights from your plan
Tryon Creek State Natural Area ©
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Alberta Street ©
Alberta Street
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens ©
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Ranch Beach and then take a memorable drive along Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum and then cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Crescent City online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Crescent City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in May, you will find days in Crescent City are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Brookings, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, End of the Trail Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lone Ranch Beach ©
Lone Ranch Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Sugar Pine State Park, admire the majestic nature at Grover Hot Springs State Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Cascade Falls Trail, then stroll through Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, and then have some family-friendly fun at Magic Carpet Golf.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, subway, train, and bus from Crescent City to South Lake Tahoe takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Crescent City in May, plan for slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Genoa Cemetery, Cascade Falls Trail, Sugar Pine State Park, Grover Hot Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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.
On the 6th (Mon), trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, get great views at Valley View, and then stroll through Four Mile Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest and then trek along Panorama Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In May in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Cloud's Rest ©
Cloud's Rest

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Point Reyes Lighthouse and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder app .

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 taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Frog's Leap Winery, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Custom House, do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary maker tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Monterey sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Custom House
Highlights from your plan
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Wine Tours & Tastings
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary app .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Malibu Creek State Park, then explore the world behind art at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Descanso Gardens and then admire all the interesting features of Pepperdine University.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Malibu, Descanso Gardens, Malibu Creek State Park, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Malibu Creek State Park ©
Malibu Creek State Park
Pepperdine University ©
Pepperdine University
Descanso Gardens ©
Descanso Gardens

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Echo Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Flowers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas attractions site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Strip Gun Club ©
Strip Gun Club
Food Tours
Dig This ©
Dig This

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