28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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28 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Sutter Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Scottsdale
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Napa is known for wineries, nature, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Hendry Ranch Wines, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa vacation planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Napa dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 9th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Tallac Historic Site, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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You can drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Napa in September, things will get a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Genoa Cemetery, Emerald Bay State Park, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, then wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Northstar California.

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You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Truckee, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sutter Creek.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Northstar California ©
Northstar California

2
nights
Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek ©
Sutter Creek is a city in Amador County, California, United States. To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sutter Creek holiday planner .

You can drive from Truckee to Sutter Creek in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in September, expect nights in Sutter Creek to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sutter Creek

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Columbia State Historic Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Highlights from your plan
Calaveras Big Trees State Park ©
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park

2
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sutter Creek to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sutter Creek in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, wander the streets of Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Monterey. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Monterey to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

7
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Phoenix). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, identify plant and animal life at Desert Botanical Garden, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can fly from San Diego to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Scottsdale is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in September; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 43°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Phoenix, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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