9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
End: Los Angeles

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Los Angeles to Palm Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 31°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
The Grove ©
The Grove

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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.
On the 15th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Scottsdale online tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Scottsdale in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Scottsdale, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Scottsdale to be much warmer, temps between 47°C and 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Desert Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale

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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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online vacation planner .

Getting from Scottsdale to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Scottsdale in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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.
To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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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.
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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