12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Beijing
Fly:  15​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Palo Alto
— Few hours
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Beijing

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Beijing, China to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Beijing to San Francisco. Traveling from Beijing in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
California Academy of Sciences
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum

1
day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): hike along Split Rock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Joshua Tree National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Seaport Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Seaport Village

2
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. On the next day, get curious at California Science Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip generator.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach
Third Street Promenade
California Science Center

2
days
Monterey

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, indulge your taste buds at The Wharf Marketplace, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): stop by The Cheese Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey itinerary builder.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Monterey reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Colton Hall Museum

2
days
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.
On the 10th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Palo Alto.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
El Capitan
Panorama Trail

few
hours
Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States. For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palo Alto vacation builder.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Palo Alto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Palo Alto hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Shopping

Side Trip

Kepler's Books
Highlights from your plan
Kepler's Books

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