37 days in United States Itinerary

37 days in United States Itinerary

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37 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Carmel
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h
14
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at China Beach, stop by City Lights Booksellers, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
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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 30th (Tue): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 47°C and lows reach 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

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night
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 1st (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, hike along Tonto Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and finally get great views at Mather Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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San Francisco

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Reyes Lighthouse. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Reyes Lighthouse, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then hike along Lands End, and finally browse the different shops at Japan Center. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Rainbow Grocery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then buy something for everyone on your list at Westfield San Francisco Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Point Reyes Lighthouse, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and finally don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel website .

Getting from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

California Historical Landmark 507
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins, get great views at Dante's View, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park journey maker tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

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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 next day, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then make a trip to State Street, then identify plant and animal life at Ojai Meadows Preserve, and finally stop by Ventura Harbor Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ventura Harbor Village, Carpinteria State Beach, Ojai Meadows Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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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. On the 19th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral and then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The River at Rancho Mirage. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town La Quinta, then get some fabulous bargains at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, and then try your luck at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Carmel to Joshua Tree National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are much warmer, around 45°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rancho Mirage, Old Town La Quinta, Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Old Town La Quinta ©
Old Town La Quinta

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, and finally look for gifts at Magicopolis.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: highs in Santa Monica hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, then try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and then admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect cooler with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park, Sand Harbor, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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