26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Healdsburg
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Pioneer Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle journey builder site .

Shanghai, China to Seattle is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in September, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get outdoors at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and hike along Artist Point.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. In September, Salt Lake City is much hotter than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

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.
The Strip and The Mob Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and see a show at Casino at the MGM Grand.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Casinos Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then stroll through San Diego Zoo.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Take a break from the city and head to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Four Mile Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, do a tasting at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally do a tasting at Thumbprint Cellars.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Healdsburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, take a stroll through SoMa, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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