26 days in United States & Johannesburg Itinerary

26 days in United States & Johannesburg Itinerary

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26 days in United States & Johannesburg Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
2
Seattle, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Big Sur, United States
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Redwood National Park, United States
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Olympic Valley, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
12
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg road trip tool .

New York City, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for little chillier days in Johannesburg, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Carlton Centre ©
Carlton Centre

1
night
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seattle tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Johannesburg to Seattle in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Seattle due to the time zone difference. In June, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning website .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by combination of flight and subway takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Big Sur, United States

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 30th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online trip builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
Redwood National Park, United States

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park online vacation maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Redwood National Park. While traveling from Big Sur, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 52°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off toOlympic Valley.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

1
night
Olympic Valley, United States

Olympic Valley ©
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic Valley driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Olympic Valley in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, expect nights in Olympic Valley to be a bit cooler, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Beaches Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Commons Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

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 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally hike along Wawona Meadow.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Olympic Valley to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Death Valley National Park, United States

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 102°F, while lows dip to 72°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toGrand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, trek along Rim Trail, and get great views at Grandview Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planning tool .

You can fly from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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nights
Las Vegas, United States

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 10th (Tue): browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains, and finally try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas attractions planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Las Vegas to be much warmer, temps between 104°F and 81°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles route builder .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, get great views at Observation Point Trail, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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