22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h
8
Cape May
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: New York City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip tool .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, trek along Panorama Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence--about 44 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 98°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
On the 14th (Sun), do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Estero Bluffs State Park, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

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

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Estero Bluffs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Estero Bluffs State Park ©
Estero Bluffs State Park
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas and The Mob Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Strip, stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas driving holiday site .

Getting from Carmel to Las Vegas by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, Las Vegas is warmer than Carmel - with highs of 104°F and lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Summit Lake Park. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Evans and St Mary's Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and Echo Lake Park (in Evergreen). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Las Vegas to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you will find days in Denver are a bit cooler (87°F), and nights are colder (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Pearl Street Mall, Echo Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at North Wildwood Beach and Cape May City Beaches. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wildwood Beach and Ventnor City Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Higbee Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape May sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Denver to Cape May takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Cape May, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Cape May dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Sunset Beach, Stone Harbor Point, Wildwood Beach, North Wildwood Beach, Higbee Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wildwood Beach ©
Wildwood Beach
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse

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