30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Anaheim
1
Anaheim
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
11
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
12
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Anaheim

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Anaheim: Aquarium of the Pacific (in Long Beach) and Newport Beach (Newport Beach & Balboa Island). Have a day of magic on the 1st (Tue) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, find something for the whole family at Knott's Berry Farm, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim route builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Knott's Berry Farm, Aquarium of the Pacific
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
LEGOLAND California has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), take a stroll through Carlsbad Village and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Carlsbad State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Oceanside Pier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in October, things will get little chillier in Carlsbad: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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.
On the 7th (Mon), make a trip to Arch Rock and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park online holiday builder .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carlsbad in October: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
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.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

4
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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, wander the streets of The Strip, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online journey builder .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

Plan trip to Death Valley National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, Death Valley National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Mary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mammoth Brewing Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 1.5 hours. In October in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Lake Mary ©
Lake Mary
Mammoth Brewing Company ©
Mammoth Brewing Company

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will thrill your kids. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally browse the collection at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey holiday builder site .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Monterey are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Santa Monica Pier and Stearns Wharf. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, Old Mission Santa Barbara, & more) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, stroll through South Bay Bicycle Trail, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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