20 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

20 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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20 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  21​h 45​min
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Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
San Diego, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Santa Maria, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Monterey, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

3
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Granville Island Gallery, take a stroll through Granville Island, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Britannia Mine Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Crescent Beach, then contemplate the long history of Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, and finally admire the striking features of Bloedel Conservatory.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver visit planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Vancouver is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Vancouver: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Britannia Mine Museum, Crescent Beach, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Britannia Mine Museum ©
Britannia Mine Museum

2
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

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 12th (Thu), get great views at Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Vancouver to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect much colder with lows of -11°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Death Valley National Park, United States

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. In December, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek
Father Crowley Vista Point ©
Father Crowley Vista Point

2
nights
Las Vegas, United States

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 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, then wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and finally examine the collection at Counts Kustoms.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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 17th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, stroll through Rim Trail, and then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
San Diego, United States

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 (Thu): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, then get your bearings at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Broad. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, and finally stop by LA Farmers' Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum

1
night
Santa Maria, United States

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, learn about winemaking at Cambria Winery & Vineyards, trek along Los Flores Ranch Park, then learn about winemaking at Presqu'ile Winery, then experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

Plan trip to Santa Maria with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, Santa Maria is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Luffa Farm, Monarch Butterfly Grove
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Presqu'ile Winery ©
Presqu'ile Winery
Riverbench Vineyard and Winery ©
Riverbench Vineyard and Winery

1
night
Monterey, United States

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Monterey takes 3 hours. While traveling from Santa Maria, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours
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nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll explore and learn at Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma (in Sonoma) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, stroll through Lands End, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands, Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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