31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
10
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  7​h
11
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
16
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Zagreb

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.
Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, get curious at California Science Center, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder website .

Zagreb, Croatia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Zagreb in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
Get outdoors at Rim Trail and East Rim Drive. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, and stop by Hopi House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Monument Valley at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

1
night
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): hike along Pothole Point Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then trek along Shafer Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park in 4.5 hours. In August in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

1
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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): hike along Double Arch, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, then explore and take pictures at Sunset Point, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On your second day here, get great views at Fairyland Point, then hike along Rim Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arches National Park in September: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along The Narrows and then trek along Angel's Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online journey builder .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove and then trek along General Grant Tree Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In September in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
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 19th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip builder .

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Simeon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Santa Cruz in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nitt Witt Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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