41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Cambria
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Big Sur
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
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San Jose
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley Junction
— 1 night
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Springdale
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 1 night
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Escalante
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Torrey
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Page
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
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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.
You've added Fleet Science Center, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Zoo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Explore hidden gems such as Seaport Village and The Unconditional Surrender.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary tool.

Perth, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 25-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 16 hours. When traveling from Perth in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

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.
You've added Griffith Observatory, Skybar, Harvelle's Blues Club, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rodeo Drive and Hollywood and Vine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to LA Farmers' Market and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route maker app.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Tours · Nightlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santa Barbara County Courthouse, State Street Underpass, Funk Zone, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire all the interesting features of State Street Underpass, then make a trip to Funk Zone, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive

Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Solvang trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Solvang, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 14°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cambria trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Solvang to Cambria in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Solvang in August: highs in Cambria hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Piedras Blancas as well as Hearst Castle. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon online itinerary planner.

San Simeon is just a short distance from Cambria. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge, Point Sur State Historic Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, and other attractions you added. On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Partington Cove, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You've now added 17-Mile Drive to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire all the interesting features of Lovers Point.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker app.

Getting from Big Sur to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll set off for San Jose on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stop by Willow Glen and then get engrossed in the history at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Jose trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in August: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Neighborhoods · Museums

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Lands End, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker site.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 18th (Wed), get all the equipment you need at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mammoth Crest Trail, then hike along Earthquake Fault, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, and finally hike along Twin Lakes Trails. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tioga Rd, walk around Mono Lake County Park, then see the interesting displays at Mono Basin Historical Society, then contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Panum Crater.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point.

Make your Death Valley National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums

Death Valley Junction

— 1 night
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley Junction trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Death Valley Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Death Valley Junction sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Springdale.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Historic Sites

Springdale

— 2 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): shop like a local with Worthington Gallery, then hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Watchman Trail, stop by Zion Outfitter, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Springdale journey planner.

Getting from Death Valley Junction to Springdale by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley Junction to Springdale is 1 hour. In August, Springdale is a bit cooler than Death Valley Junction - with highs of 38°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trip

Bryce

— 1 night
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer, then identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Bryce Amphitheatre, and finally gear up at Ruby's Inn.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bryce route app.

You can drive from Springdale to Bryce in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Springdale in August, with highs in Bryce at 29°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Escalante.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Escalante

Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. On the 24th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Hole In The Rock Road and then take in nature's colorful creations at Devils Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Escalante day trip planning website.

You can drive from Bryce to Escalante in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August in Escalante, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Torrey.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Torrey

— 2 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Goosenecks Overlook and then hike along Sunset Point Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Torrey online trip planner.

You can drive from Escalante to Torrey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tom Till Gallery and Bret Edge Photography Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Balanced Rock Trail and Canyonlands Ballooning. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace, Tunnel Arch, &more). There's still lots to do: push the limits with Skydive Moab, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve, and do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moab road trip app.

Drive from Torrey to Moab in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Torrey in August: high temperatures in Moab hover around 39°C and lows are around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouray.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray route planner.

You can drive from Moab to Ouray in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Moab in August, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Park Point, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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 (Tue): catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market, and finally walk around Sandstone Tours.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Powell Museum, then get outside with Wilderness River Adventures, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Page trip maker.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Page in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of 20°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Thu): trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Indian Garden, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, then get great views at Powell Point, and finally trot along with Canyon Trail Rides.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park visit site.

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Page in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Las Vegas

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Shelby American Inc. Take a break from the city and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy some diversion at Machine Guns Vegas, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas holiday builder website.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.