26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marin Headlands and Musee Mecanique. Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and trek along Lands End.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planner.

Valletta, Malta to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sonoma Valley Regional Park, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, and then do a tasting at Amizetta Estate Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena day trip app .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, St. Helena is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in St. Helena

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Sharpsteen Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum
Sonoma Valley Regional Park ©
Sonoma Valley Regional Park

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Shark Fin Cove, get interesting insight from Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at New Brighton State Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz road trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shark Fin Cove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, then take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, San Juan Bautista, National Steinbeck Center, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur driving holiday planning app .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. On the next day, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip site .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, and finally do a tasting at Sans Liege Wines.

Find out how to plan Pismo Beach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Pismo Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Pismo Beach, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Sans Liege Wines ©
Sans Liege Wines

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.
Visit Hollywood Walk of Fame and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as The Broad and Petersen Automotive Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in April, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wawona trip builder tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Wawona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Wawona dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Chilnualna Falls ©
Chilnualna Falls

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 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then wander the streets of The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wawona to Las Vegas. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Wawona in April, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Shelby American Inc ©
Shelby American Inc
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

3
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.
Visiting Kolb Studio and Indian Garden will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yavapai Geology Museum and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, make a trip to Powell Point, take some stellar pictures from Trailview Overlook, and admire the striking features of Lookout Studio.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in April: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 19°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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