18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Istanbul

2
nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Sun) in some colorful company at San Diego Zoo. Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego California. There's more to do: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel guide.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airport is San Diego International Airport. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center Publications, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, engage your brain at California Science Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel guide.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel guide.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
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 6th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel guide.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 28°C and 7°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas travel guide.

Traveling by flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Fun & Games Casinos
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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night
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 8th (Thu): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel guide.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Las Vegas in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 20°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.
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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara travel guide.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by combination of train and bus takes about 11.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for much colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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 10th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally stop by Ferry Building Marketplace. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel guide.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel guide.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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