17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  18 h
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Thu), tee off at Lincoln Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden. On the next day, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
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 (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
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 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online journey planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
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.
On the 25th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Moran Point, go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista, and get outside with Shoshone Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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