12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Oatman
— 1 day
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

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 28th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, go for a walk through Historic Lily pond, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Original Muscle Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route planner.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.
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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.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Joshua Tree National Park is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to Grand Canyon National Park.
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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.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Oatman.
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Oatman — 1 day

Oatman is a town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. On the 30th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Oatman Ghost Town.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oatman trip builder website.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Oatman by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: highs in Oatman hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 2 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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, make a trip to The Strip, and try to win big at The Cosmopolitan Casino.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas holiday planner.

Getting from Oatman to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Oatman to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. In January, Las Vegas is little chillier than Oatman - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 3°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 10°C and lows about -9°C. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 2nd (Thu).
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mavericks, and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Elkhorn Slough Safari.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Santa Cruz. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Historic Lily pond, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in February: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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