29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kings Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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 16th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online vacation planner.

Newark to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 75°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Las Vegas

— 4 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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): hike along Gower Gulch Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Death Valley National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kings Beach.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
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Kings Beach

— 1 night
Kings Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County, California, United States on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. On the 25th (Sun), see what you can catch with Reel-Lentless Fishing Charters and then take in the waterfront activity at North Tahoe Marina.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kings Beach trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Kings Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you will find days in Kings Beach are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are colder (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Kings Beach

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Kings Beach to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kings Beach in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 30th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose driving holiday planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. In September, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 2nd (Sun), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and then see some colorful creatures with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip website.

You can fly from San Jose to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are little chillier (58°F). On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.