11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
3
Santa Monica
— 1 day
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night

1
night
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 4th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Kristiansand, Norway to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In May, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Kristiansand - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 6th (Mon), stroll through Point Lobos and then kick back and relax at Seabright State Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz road trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Annenberg Community Beach House, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica route maker.

Fly from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Santa Monica. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary maker website.

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
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 12th (Sun), examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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