12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Reno
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
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Carmel
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
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Paso Robles
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Pismo Beach
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Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and finally try to win big at New York New York Casino.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker site.

Los Angeles to Las Vegas is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 71°F at night. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Kolob Terrace Road, trek along Kayenta Trail, and then get outside with The Subway.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip website.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 17th (Fri), hike along Navajo Loop Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, look for gifts at Ruby's Inn, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally get great views at Inspiration Point.

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You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 70°F and lows at 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 18th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at City Creek Canyon and then steep yourself in history at Assembly Hall.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Reno.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Reno

— 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
On the 20th (Mon), engage your brain at The W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, trek along Hunter Creek Trail, and then take in the views from New Virginia Street Bridge. On the next day, stroll through Tahoe Meadows Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Flume Trail, steep yourself in history at Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, then stroll through Burnt Cedar Beach, and finally snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Reno online day trip planner.

Drive from Salt Lake City to Reno in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Reno due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reno when traveling from Salt Lake City in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Reno

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Reno to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Reno, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You'll set off for Monterey on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
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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. To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel online itinerary builder.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Big Sur sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature
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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.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in September, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
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Paso Robles

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Paso Robles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Paso Robles sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will leave for Pismo Beach on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park and then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

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You can drive from Paso Robles to Pismo Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Historic Sites · Shopping

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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.