17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  13​h 45​min
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Calistoga
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
10
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Glasgow

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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.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online road trip planner .

Glasgow, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glasgow in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are much warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park tour builder site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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 8th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, trek along Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 12th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Calistoga trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Calistoga are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are little chillier (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Modus Operandi Cellars, Safari West, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Calistoga to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Calistoga in May: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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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 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara journey maker website .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in May, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 26-Mile Bike Path.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Newport Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Laguna Beach (Heisler Park & Crystal Cove) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley).

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Newport Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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