29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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29 days in United States Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Manchester

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Phoenix.

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Shopping Museums Parks

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Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. On the 15th (Sat), take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale and then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Goldfield (Ghost Town).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix. In September, Phoenix is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 44°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Flagstaff.

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Museums Wildlife Parks

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Old Town Scottsdale, Goldfield (Ghost Town)
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Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Goldfield (Ghost Town) ©
Goldfield (Ghost Town)

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument, get impressive views of Wupatki National Monument, and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown and Railroad District.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in September, with highs in Flagstaff at 27°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then get great views at Lookout Studio, then stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

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Nature Parks Nightlife
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and The Neon Museum. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

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Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Take a bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Museums
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The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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Yosemite National Park

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 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect Yosemite National Park to be cooler, temps between 28°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Change things up with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

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Parks Museums Nature

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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in San Jose are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 29th (Sat), you're off toSanta Maria.

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Museums Historic Sites

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Computer History Museum
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The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Winchester Mystery House
Winchester Mystery House
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum

2
days
Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a city on the California Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Neverland Valley Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

Before you visit Santa Maria, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Maria in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in September: highs in Santa Maria hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

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Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Neverland Valley Ranch
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Monarch Butterfly Grove
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Neverland Valley Ranch
Neverland Valley Ranch

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
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 1st (Mon), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip builder app .

You can drive from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ventura.

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Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Ventura

Ventura
Ventura, or Shisholop in Chumash is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States, incorporated in 1866. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade, then get engrossed in the history at Ojai Valley Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ojai Meadows Preserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ventura trip maker website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Ventura by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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Ojai, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Ojai Meadows Preserve
Ojai Meadows Preserve
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Ojai Valley Museum
Ojai Valley Museum

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is an affluent beach city in Los Angeles County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Malibu Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Malibu planning website .

Getting from Ventura to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Malibu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Paramount Ranch
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Adamson House Museum ©
Adamson House Museum

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, then look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and finally stop by Amoeba Music. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, stop by Studio City Farmers Market, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally stop by Grand Central Market.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning app .

Drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Malibu in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Childrens Museums Museums

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Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive
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The Grove ©
The Grove
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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