26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  13​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

7
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside Pier. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside), Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and look for gifts at Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel tool .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Temecula, Santa Monica, Tehachapi, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 16:
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

3
nights
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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spring Mountains Visitor Center.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally get great views at Lipan Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then get great views at Navajo Point, and finally take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Grand Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:
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Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
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 21st (Sat): stroll through Riverside Walk, get engrossed in the history at Maynard Dixon Living History Museum, and then look for gifts at Buffalo Trails Trading Company. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Court of the Patriarchs.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maynard Dixon Living History Museum, Buffalo Trails Trading Company
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Maynard Dixon Living History Museum ©
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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 23rd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fairyland Loop Trail. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and then cruise along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop ©
Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop

1
night
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 25th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car, bus, and flight takes about 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; 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 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

3
nights
Carmel

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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, hike along Point Lobos, then get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission, and finally admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel day trip site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): do a tasting at Oso Libre and then do a tasting at McPrice Myers Winery. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, and finally do a tasting at Castoro Cellars.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ©
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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