16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

San Francisco
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Columbia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Fort Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip tool .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site, explore the activities along Fallen Leaf Lake, and then relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Fallen Leaf Lake
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Fallen Leaf Lake ©
Fallen Leaf Lake
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a town located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in Tuolumne County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about all things military at Veterans Memorial Hall & Military Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Tuolumne County Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Columbia State Historic Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Columbia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Columbia in 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Columbia: highs are around 38°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Columbia

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sonora
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Tuolumne County Museum ©
Tuolumne County Museum
Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park

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Yosemite National Park

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 23rd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder .

You can drive from Columbia to Yosemite National Park in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Columbia in August, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 32°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Giant Forest has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. In August, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 46°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Harmony Borax Works
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Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
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Titanic ©
Titanic
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

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Mojave

Mojave ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Hole in the Wall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mojave trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Mojave by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

#Parks, #Nature
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Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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Joshua Tree National Park

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.
On the 29th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mojave to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Mojave, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Wildlife

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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 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the galleries of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are colder (34°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Zuma Beach, Santa Monica Pier
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To plan Santa Barbara vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at de Young Museum and then get curious at California Academy of Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip tool .

Fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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