38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  4 h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  8 h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
12
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
13
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Brussels

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brussels to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip builder site .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
Balloon Rides

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to Big Sur in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
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.
On the 6th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
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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 10th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower and then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mather Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 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 colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, make a trip to Sunset Boulevard, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore and take pictures at 26-Mile Bike Path, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and then engage your brain at Camera Obscura.

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Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, make a trip to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in August: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree ©
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree

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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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego attractions planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, then get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, and then stroll through Ka'anapali Beach. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lahaina United Methodist Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina online trip planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Lahaina sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Scuba & Snorkeling

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