10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, make a trip to Grant Grove, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and stroll through Congress Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning app .

Tokyo, Japan to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tokyo to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

2
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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night
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 15th (Sun): appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

3
nights
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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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