18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Bristol

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 27th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary planner

Bristol, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Las Vegas. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bristol in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 46°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mandalay Bay Beach ©
Mandalay Bay Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. On the 31st (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), and stroll through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego visit website

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and then stroll through Fort Funston National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then stroll through China Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip website

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
China Beach ©
China Beach

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