9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Newark

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and finally catch a live performance at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. On the next day, stroll around Golden Gate Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and finally enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 104°F and lows reach 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.