29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Bus:  14 h 30 min
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
13
Lake Arrowhead
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
14
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

3
nights
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Battlefield Vegas. Head to The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Forum Shops at Caesarsfor plenty of shopping. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston), Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Nelson Ghost Town (in Nelson). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, enjoy some diversion at Strip Gun Club, and stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas.

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Edinburgh, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Las Vegas. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 47°C and lows reach 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach, Nelson Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Willow Beach ©
Willow Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inner Canyon and Yavapai Geology Museum. Step out of the city life by going to East Rim Drive and Yaki Point. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail, take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, hike along North Kaibab Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online travel planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Four Mile Trail and Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. When in Mammoth Lakes, make a side trip to see Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona, approximately Wawona away. It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Minaret Vista and get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rubicon Trail.

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Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, tee off at Coyote Moon Golf Course, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee route planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, Truckee is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trip

Commons Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park
Coyote Moon Golf Course ©
Coyote Moon Golf Course
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Drakes Estero. Do your shopping at Ramini Mozzarella and Stanford Shopping Center. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's more to do: hike along Mori Point and shop like a local with Monterey Market.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Truckee to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Truckee in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore, Monterey Market, Bodega Head, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Drakes Estero ©
Drakes Estero

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night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve, get curious at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Wilder Ranch State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz road trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wilder Ranch State Park ©
Wilder Ranch State Park
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lovers Point, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then shop like a local with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally walk around Dennis the Menace Park. On your second day here, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Scenic Road Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, stop by Alapay Cellars, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pismo Beach day trip app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Bike Path, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Chocolate Maya ©
Chocolate Maya

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Malibu Hindu Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Monica itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lake Arrowhead.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Greystone Mansion and Park, Malibu Hindu Temple
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel

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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead ©
Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California, within the San Bernardino National Forest, surrounding the Lake Arrowhead Reservoir. On the 25th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Woods, then take in nature's colorful creations at Heaps Peak Arboretum, and then head outdoors with Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Arrowhead attractions planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Lake Arrowhead in 2 hours. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lake Arrowhead, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Lake Arrowhead

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout ©
Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout
Church of the Woods ©
Church of the Woods

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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.
Attractions like Moonlight State Beach and Windansea Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Mission Beach Boardwalk. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Fashion Valley, revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, and stop by Upstart Crow.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Arrowhead to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lake Arrowhead in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Coronado Ferry Landing, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

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