21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
11
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
14
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
15
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
16
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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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 5th (Fri), stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Big Sur on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Big Sur route builder tool .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): wander the streets of State Street, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally don't miss a visit to Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica road trip tool .

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. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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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.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online journey planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Diego road trip website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Mojave.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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Mojave

Mojave
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): trek along Mojave Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mojave travel planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Diego to Mojave. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Mojave to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Outdoors Parks Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in a show at Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then trek along Rim Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally pause for some photo ops at Powell Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan a trip to Grand Canyon National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mojave to Grand Canyon National Park. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mojave in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 16th (Tue), cruise along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, then hike along Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Zion National Park and Sky Mountain Golf Course. Step off the beaten path and head to Pine Valley Chapel and Brian Head Resort. Take a break from Zion National Park with a short trip to Red Cliffs Recreation Area in Leeds, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon, trek along Riverside Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 40°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pine Valley Chapel, Brian Head Resort, Sky Mountain Golf Course, Red Cliffs Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Brian Head Resort ©
Brian Head Resort
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

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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 19th (Fri): admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains and then shop like a local with The Strip.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (47°C), and nights are warmer (32°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Find out how to plan Death Valley National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in July, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then hike along Big Baldy, and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Big Baldy ©
Big Baldy
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then make a trip to Valley View, and finally look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

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South Lake Tahoe

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.
On the 25th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber, then take in the awesome beauty at Kiva Beach, and finally hit the slopes at Adventure Mountain.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Stream Profile Chamber
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

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