17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Pisa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  13​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Tahoe City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Pisa

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then have fun at RocketBoat, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks and then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary maker tool .

Pisa, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pisa to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Pisa in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sur.

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Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
day
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along Partington Cove, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur visit planner.

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 July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
day
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 28th (Sat), browse the different shops at The Grove, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Big Sur in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
The Grove ©
The Grove
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Arch Rock and then stroll through Ryan Mountain.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 48°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

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Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

1
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Mojave

Mojave ©
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kelso Depot and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hole in the Wall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mojave road trip app .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Mojave takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mojave: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Kelso Depot
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Kelso Depot ©
Kelso Depot

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mojave to Death Valley National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
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Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon

2
days
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls and then stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 42°C and lows at 16°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then make a trip to Valley View.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

1
day
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get great views at Stateline Fire Lookout and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meeks Bay Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tahoe City online trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tahoe City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stateline Fire Lookout, Meeks Bay Beach
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Stateline Fire Lookout ©
Stateline Fire Lookout

1
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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park ©
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Kings Creek Falls and then get impressive views of Sulphur Works.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lassen Volcanic National Park itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Lassen Volcanic National Park takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks Nature
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Kings Creek Falls ©
Kings Creek Falls

1
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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Redwood National Park trip planner .

Getting from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Redwood National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. In August in Redwood National Park, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove
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Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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