25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Pacific Grove
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Olancha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Zion National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
11
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
13
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
14
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
15
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
17
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
18
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
End: Los Angeles

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pacific Grove day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Pacific Grove takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Pacific Grove are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Pacific Grove to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites

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Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mariposa trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mariposa. In July in Mariposa, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mariposa

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Arts ©
Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Arts

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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 17th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Mariposa to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Mariposa in July, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olancha.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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Olancha

Olancha
Olancha is a census designated place in Inyo County of the U.S. For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Olancha trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Olancha. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Olancha, with highs around 44°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Olancha

Historic Sites Shopping

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olancha to Death Valley National Park. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Olancha in July since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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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.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Las Vegas. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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.
For where to stay and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, then stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in July, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 32°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop ©
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell ©
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): hike along Rainbow Bridge Trail and then hike along Alstrom Point.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Powell journey site .

Explore your travel options from Bryce Canyon National Park to Lake Powell with the Route module. While traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Lake Powell, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Alstrom Point
Highlights from your plan
Alstrom Point ©
Alstrom Point

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Windows, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and then stroll through Double Arch.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Lake Powell to Arches National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Lake Powell in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Arches National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 38°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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 26th (Fri): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then appreciate the history behind Powell Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Shopping Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sedona holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July; daily highs in Sedona reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Spas Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness

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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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online travel planner .

Getting from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sedona in July, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 46°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

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San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then stroll through San Diego Zoo.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art 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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Griffith Observatory and Montana Avenue. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look for gifts at Soap Plant/La Luz de Jesus.

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

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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