30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  16 h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Lake Arrowhead
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
10
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
13
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island as well as San Francisco Bay. Head to See's Candies and Monterey Marketfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Bodega Head. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay) and Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve (in Moss Beach).

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Moss Beach, Monterey Market, See's Candies
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, kick back and relax at Redondo Beach, then contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand. On your second day here, look for gifts at Grand Central Market, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Greystone Mansion and Park, Paramount Ranch, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, The Americana at Brand, Westward Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
The Americana at Brand ©
The Americana at Brand

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disney California Adventure Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park and then examine the collection at Fullerton Museum Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim travel route builder app.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. July in Anaheim sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fullerton Museum Center
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Fullerton Museum Center ©
Fullerton Museum Center

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Fashion Valley and The Warm Hearth. Visiting Lions, Tigers & Bears and Moonlight State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and The Bird Watcher (in Julian). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Mission Beach Boardwalk, browse the fresh offerings at Liberty Public Market, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and stroll through Windansea Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lake Arrowhead.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Julian, Del Mar City Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere 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.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lake Arrowhead day trip website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Lake Arrowhead takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat 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 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like M&M'S World Las Vegas and Willow Beach. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Spring Mountains Visitor Center in Mount Charleston, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas and buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Show Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Arrowhead to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Arrowhead in July, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Willow Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Willow Beach ©
Willow Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point and then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, then take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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nights
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and finally make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. Escape the urban bustle at Crystal Lake trail and Mono Lake County Park. Take a break from Mammoth Lakes with a short trip to Travertine Hot Spring in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, take a memorable drive along June Lake Loop, and get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mariposa.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Travertine Hot Spring, June Lake Loop
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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Mariposa

Mariposa
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mariposa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Mariposa takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, with highs in Mariposa at 42°C and lows at 20°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mariposa

Outdoors Parks Nature

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 28th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Vista Point, and finally contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Mariposa to San Francisco in 3 hours. While traveling from Mariposa, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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