43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
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Mexican Hat
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Moab
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Green River
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Capitol Reef National Park
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Bryce
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Zion National Park
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Page
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Las Vegas
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Death Valley National Park
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Wawona
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South Lake Tahoe
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Mount Shasta
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Crater Lake National Park
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Portland
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Seattle
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Cannon Beach
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Coos Bay
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Trinidad
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Leggett
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Fort Bragg
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San Francisco
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San Jose
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Monterey
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally make a trip to Step House.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary app.

Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Mexican Hat.
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Mexican Hat — 1 night

Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Valley of the Gods and Forrest Gump Point. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, then explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Gods, and finally cruise along Moki Dugway.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexican Hat travel app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Mexican Hat in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Moab.
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Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Corona Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Wilson's Arch, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch, get outside with Double Down Bike Shop, then look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Corona Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Canyonlands National Park, then trek along Balanced Rock Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Moab trip planner.

Drive from Mexican Hat to Moab in 2.5 hours. In July, Moab is a bit warmer than Mexican Hat - with highs of 42°C and lows of 22°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Green River.
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Green River

Green River is a city in Emery County, Utah, United States. On the 14th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Land Art - The Ratio and Elements.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Green River trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Moab to Green River in an hour. In July in Green River, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Capitol Reef National Park.
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Capitol Reef National Park — 1 night

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Capitol Reef National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

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You can drive from Green River to Capitol Reef National Park in 2 hours. In July, Capitol Reef National Park is a bit cooler than Green River - with highs of 32°C and lows of 10°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bryce.
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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 15th (Wed): trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, and finally stroll through Rim Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce online day trip planner.

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryce can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 1 night

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park and then explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip website.

Drive from Bryce to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in July, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Page.
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Page — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then take some stellar pictures from Horseshoe Bend, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and finally push the limits with Gunfighter Canyon - Indoor Shooting Experience.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Page day trip website.

Do a combination of car and shuttle from Zion National Park to Page in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, Page is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.
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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.
North Rim Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, trek along Bright Angel Trail, then pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, and finally get great views at Hopi Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Navajo Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at North Rim Visitor Center, then take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Page in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 3 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Food Tours. There's much more to do: get your game on at Dig This, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and enjoy some diversion at Machine Guns Vegas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. 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 somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 32°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

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Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in July, with lows around 26°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wawona.
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Wawona — 2 nights

Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 24th (Fri), stroll around Mariposa Grove and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wawona vacation planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Wawona by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Wawona. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, then relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm, and finally stroll through Lakeside Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wawona to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Wawona in July, expect South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 9°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park — 1 night

In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Lassen Peak , witness a stunning natural landmark at Bumpass Hell, then explore the activities along Boiling Springs Lake, and finally explore the activities along Manzanita Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lassen Volcanic National Park travel planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in Lassen Volcanic National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mount Shasta.
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Mount Shasta — 1 night

Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Siskiyou, get impressive views of Mount Shasta, then look for gifts at Soul Connections, and finally walk around Mount Shasta City Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mount Shasta journey builder site.

Drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Mount Shasta in 2.5 hours. In July, Mount Shasta is slightly colder than Lassen Volcanic National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 13°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Crater Lake National Park.
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Crater Lake National Park — 1 night

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 29th (Wed), stroll through Cleetwood Cove Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Plaikni Falls, and then explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Crater Lake National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Mount Shasta in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Crater Lake National Park, with lows around 19°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Portland.
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Portland — 2 nights

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 30th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then snap pictures at St. Johns Bridge, and finally walk around Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Crater Lake National Park to Portland in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, you will find days in Portland are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Seattle.
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Seattle — 3 nights

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kerry Park and Sky View Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the natural beauty at Seattle Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Portland to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Portland in August: highs in Seattle hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cannon Beach.
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Cannon Beach — 1 night

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tillamook Rock Light.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip tool.

Fly from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in August; daily highs in Cannon Beach reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coos Bay.
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Coos Bay — 1 night

Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Shore Acres State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead, and then don't miss a visit to McCullough Memorial Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coos Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Coos Bay takes 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Trinidad.
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Trinidad — 2 nights

Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Trinidad State Beach, then take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, and then hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to The Victorian Village of Ferndale, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Coos Bay to Trinidad in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Leggett.
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Leggett

Leggett is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Leggett trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Leggett takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Leggett are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Fort Bragg on the 8th (Sat).
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Fort Bragg — 1 night

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 8th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally snap pictures at Albion River Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip builder tool.

Getting from Leggett to Fort Bragg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Leggett in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Walking tours. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the views from San Francisco Bay Bridge, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route site.

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Jose.
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San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

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Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 12th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Big Sur.
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Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Big Sur visit planner.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 13th (Thu).
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in August, you will find days in San Simeon are warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, and then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Solvang itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Solvang are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Solvang to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Solvang in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Battleship USS Iowa Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, engage your brain at California Science Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Jolla Shores Park and Petco Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder 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 21st (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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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Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.7
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Waterfalls
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.
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