10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
1
Dallas
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kings Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, then see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Dallas. In August, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

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The Escape Game Dallas
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The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©

1
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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 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Big Sur journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Big Sur takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dallas in August: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Kings Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Kings Beach

Kings Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County, California, United States on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. On the 5th (Mon), stroll through Kings Beach State Recreation Area, brush up on your military savvy at Tahoe Maritime Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kings Beach tour builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Kings Beach. Expect little chillier evenings in Kings Beach when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Kings Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahoe Maritime Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Tahoe Maritime Museum ©
Tahoe Maritime Museum

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disney California Adventure Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kings Beach to Los Angeles. Traveling from Kings Beach in August, plan for warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit warmer in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 101°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
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Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak

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