8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4 h 30 min
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San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Three Rivers
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Yermo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Primm
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Boulder City
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planner .

San Francisco to San Simeon is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Three Rivers.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Three Rivers

Three Rivers ©
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for gifts at A1 Totem Market and Gifts, make a trip to The Senate, then steep yourself in history at The Presidente tree, then admire the sheer force of Tokopah Falls, and finally walk around Slick Rock Recreation Area.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Three Rivers itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Three Rivers takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Three Rivers. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yermo.

Things to do in Three Rivers

Parks Nature Shopping
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Tokopah Falls ©
Tokopah Falls
A1 Totem Market and Gifts ©
A1 Totem Market and Gifts
Slick Rock Recreation Area ©
Slick Rock Recreation Area

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Yermo

Yermo ©
Yermo is a town in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at Eddie World, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, and then steep yourself in history at Calico Early Man Site.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yermo holiday builder.

You can drive from Three Rivers to Yermo in 4 hours. In June, Yermo is somewhat warmer than Three Rivers - with highs of 103°F and lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Primm.

Things to do in Yermo

Historic Sites Shopping
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Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Eddie World ©
Eddie World
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site

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night
Primm

Primm ©
Primm is an unincorporated community in Clark County, Nevada, United States, primarily notable for its position straddling Interstate 15 where it crosses the state border between California and Nevada. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, then play a few rounds at Primm Valley Golf Club, and then explore by horseback at Sandy Valley Ranch.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Primm travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yermo to Primm takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 102°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Primm

Outdoors Golf Shopping
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Sandy Valley Ranch ©
Sandy Valley Ranch
Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas ©
Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
Primm Valley Golf Club ©
Primm Valley Golf Club

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Primm to Las Vegas by car takes about an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 103°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Boulder City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
On the 11th (Thu), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, then pause for some photo ops at Winged Figures of the Republic Statues, then admire the masterpieces at Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, and finally examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Boulder City visit planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Boulder City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Boulder City are 102°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Helicopter Tours
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum ©
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): cruise along East Rim Drive, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boulder City in June, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 13th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hovenweep National Monument, do a tasting at Guy Drew Winery, and then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Cortez takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Cortez are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum ©

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