19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
6
San Jose
— 1 night
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary builder.

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Pope Beach, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Genoa Cemetery, Emerald Bay State Park
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

2
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Congress Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Moro Rock Trail, Head underground at Crystal Cave, cruise along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the striking features of Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Cruz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove ©
Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, see the interesting displays at The Tech Interactive, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:
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The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ©
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Exploratorium, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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