26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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St. Helena
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Wawona
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Explore hidden gems such as Marin Headlands and Twin Peaks. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site.

Valletta, Malta to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Valletta to San Francisco. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sonoma Valley Regional Park, then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Amizetta Estate Winery.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read St. Helena trip builder.

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

Things to do in St. Helena

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Wineries

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Sonoma Valley Regional Park ©
Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at New Brighton State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In April in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, then make a trip to 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 admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

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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. On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and then kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel online tour planner.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Big Sur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

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

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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 7th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. 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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, and finally learn about winemaking at Sans Liege Wines.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Pismo Beach in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Pismo Beach to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Sans Liege Wines ©
Sans Liege Wines

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Los Angeles

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Broad and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County ©
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. 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 find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wawona day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Wawona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Wawona dip to 10°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Chilnualna Falls ©
Chilnualna Falls

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wawona to Las Vegas. Traveling from Wawona in April, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Shelby American Inc ©
Shelby American Inc
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yavapai Geology Museum and Mohave Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Powell Point and The Abyss. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and look for gifts at Lookout Studio.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around -3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°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 · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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