14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Joshua Tree National Park
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park

2
days
Long Beach

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 12th (Thu), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach trip planner.

Joshua Tree National Park to Long Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and tram; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Long Beach: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica holiday planner.

You can drive from Long Beach to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Beach

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 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Santa Monica in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass
El Capitan

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 18th (Wed): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, make a trip to Lombard Street, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joshua Tree National Park: Joshua Tree National Park (in Twentynine Palms) and Desert Hills Premium Outlets (in Cabazon). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree
Desert Hills Premium Outlets

2
days
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 23rd (Mon): hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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