26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. We've included these beaches for you: Hermosa Beach Pier and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
California Science Center ©
California Science Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Autry Museum of the American West ©
Autry Museum of the American West

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, then shop like a local with Montana Avenue, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, then examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
California Science Center ©
California Science Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Autry Museum of the American West ©
Autry Museum of the American West

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Before you visit Anaheim, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Anaheim to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Anaheim in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, stop by Bergamot Station, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kolb Studio and Tusayan Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Canyon Village Marketplace. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect cooler with lows of 0°C in Grand Canyon National Park. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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