30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
West Hollywood
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Santa Ynez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Do your shopping at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Station. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and South Bay Bicycle Trail. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and admire the striking features of Shotgun House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Santa Monica is minus 20 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfrider Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Pescador State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Westward Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, then kick back and relax at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip builder website .

Drive from Santa Monica to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Malibu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Malibu Lagoon State Beach ©
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Surfrider Beach ©
Surfrider Beach

1
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West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Mulholland Drive, stop by Fred Segal, then shop like a local with Revolver Gallery, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Robertson Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our West Hollywood sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Malibu to West Hollywood in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. In September, daily temperatures in West Hollywood can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Beverly Hills
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Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Fred Segal ©
Fred Segal
Mulholland Drive ©
Mulholland Drive

3
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Playa Del Rey Beach. Get outdoors at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Royal Palms State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder site .

Los Angeles is very close to West Hollywood. Traveling from West Hollywood in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Dana Strands Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marina Park and Victoria Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). There's more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park and take a peaceful walk through Oak Canyon Nature Center.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary builder app .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In September, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Strands Beach
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, explore the landscape on two wheels at Randall Henderson Loop Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, and finally stop by Destination PSP.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs journey planner.

Drive from Anaheim to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in September, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Randall Henderson Loop Trail
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San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Destination PSP ©
Destination PSP

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in September, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 39°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

1
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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then don't miss a visit to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Moki Dugway, then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Monument Valley takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Monument Valley is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moki Dugway
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Off-Road Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, hike along Rim Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then shop like a local with The Strip, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

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Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jalama Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Ynez trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Las Vegas to Santa Ynez. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in Santa Ynez hover around 35°C and lows are around 13°C. You will leave for San Francisco on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jalama Beach
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, kick back and relax at China Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Ynez to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Santa Ynez in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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