17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Glasgow

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Point Isabel. Change things up with a short trip to Point Reyes Seashore National Park in Point Reyes Station (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and identify plant and animal life at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday builder

Glasgow, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to San Francisco. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glasgow in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Point Isabel
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur route planner

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner

Do a combination of bus and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The Strip and Las Vegas Downtown are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas vacation planner

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 45°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie and Black Oak Casino Resort. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planning app

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Black Oak Casino
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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