36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Carmel — 1 night

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. On the 9th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel visit planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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San Simeon — 1 night

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.
For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel 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. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Santa Barbara.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

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 11th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip planning website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, approximately Beverly Hills away. Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Anaheim — 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaheim: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Laguna Beach (Pacific Marine Mammal Center & Heisler Park) and San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 18th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Downtown Disney District, catch some excitement at Splash Mountain, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
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Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks
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San Diego — 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and walk around La Jolla Cove.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Geology Tour Road, trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip builder tool.

Getting from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Las Vegas — 5 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning website.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Parks · Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, trek along Gower Gulch Loop, then get great views at Dante's View, and finally go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.
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Mammoth Lakes — 2 nights

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Convict Lake Campground, contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): trek along Earthquake Fault, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument, and finally explore the activities along Lake Mary.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip 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. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Half Dome, stroll around Mariposa Grove, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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