26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 5 nights

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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool.

Anaheim to Los Angeles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, then contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, and finally shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For maps and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Anaheim

— 7 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Let the collections at Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum capture your imagination. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Disney Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Anaheim side-trips: VillageFest (in Palm Springs), Calico Ghost Town (in Yermo) and Laguna Beach (Virga Gallery & Crystal Cove). There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, play a few rounds at Camelot Golfland, admire the masterpieces at Huntington Beach Art Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim road trip website.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Anaheim sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

On the 3rd (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, then shop like a local with The Grove, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip maker.

Getting from Anaheim to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

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 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker website.

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner.

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are much colder (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.