33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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33 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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 Twin Peaks. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see V. Sattui Winery about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

4
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get some cultural insight at Hearst Castle and Mission San Antonio de Padua. Get outdoors at Elephant Seal Rookery and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery), Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach) and Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and do a tasting at Veris Cellars.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Paso Robles sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Paso Robles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Veris Cellars, Speed Boats Tours, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, then examine the collection at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Durango takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Durango, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aztec Ruins National Monument, Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Step out of the city life by going to Square Tower House and Soda Canyon Overlook Trail. Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Balcony House, make a trip to Step House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery and Honshin Fine Art. Escape the urban bustle at Lava River Cave and Jerome State Historic Park. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale), Montezuma Well (in Rimrock) and Flagstaff (Riordan Mansion State Historic Park & Museum of Northern Arizona). There's still lots to do: trek along Doe Mountain Trail, wander the streets of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, delve into the distant past at Palatki Ruins, and explore and take pictures at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sedona route tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 29°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Jerome, Arizona Copper Art Museum, Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Montezuma Well
Highlights from your plan
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along North Kaibab Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Get a sense of the local culture at The Strip and Counts Kustoms. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©

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