26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

5
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 San Francisco Bay. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, shop like a local with Union Square, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Tioga Pass, then stroll through Lembert Dome, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sat) before leaving for Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

1
day
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Big Sur to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo route website .

Getting from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park as well as Disney California Adventure Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

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

You can fly from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Luis Obispo in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, make a trip to Arch Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then make a trip to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park itinerary planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°C and 30°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree ©
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pacific Beach, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego Zoo. On the 18th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at San Diego Factory Outlet Center and then revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Las Americas Premium Outlets ©
Las Americas Premium Outlets

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes LA Farmers' Market as well as Universal Studios Hollywood. Change things up with a short trip to Malibu Colony in Malibu (about 48 minutes away). See even more of Los Angeles: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive and get your game on at Eightytwo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Malibu Colony, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Malibu Colony ©
Malibu Colony

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon Helicopters - Las Vegas. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas and then see the world from above with Grand Canyon Helicopters - Las Vegas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas route planning tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon Helicopters - Las Vegas ©
Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas ©
Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get curious at California Academy of Sciences, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally take a stroll around Civic Center.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco route builder .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trip

Stanford University
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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