8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carnelian Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
Drive

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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 8th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome and then trek along Mariposa Grove. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

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San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carnelian Bay.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Carnelian Bay

— 1 night
Carnelian Bay is an unincorporated community on the shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, United States. To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carnelian Bay holiday app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carnelian Bay in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Carnelian Bay are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carnelian Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

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.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Carnelian Bay to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then go for a walk through Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose visit planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a subway. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in May: highs in Big Sur hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Santa Monica

— 1 day

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
On the 12th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, then explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Big Sur to Santa Monica takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

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 13th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Santa Monica - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature

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.
For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 33°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. You will leave for home on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Ski Areas · 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.