12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Olympic Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll through Lincoln Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker tool.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Boston in June, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Healdsburg

— 2 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery, then do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Thumbprint Cellars, do a tasting at Ramazzotti Wine Tasting, then learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and finally sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Healdsburg attractions site.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Healdsburg hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Olympic Valley

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): hike along Stateline Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, and finally hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Truckee River Bike Trail, then trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, and then cast your line with Matt Heron Fly Fishing.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Olympic Valley route maker.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Olympic Valley takes 4 hours. Traveling from Healdsburg in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Olympic Valley, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and then stroll through Kiva Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe journey builder website.

You can drive from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Olympic Valley in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 46°F in South Lake Tahoe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, and get great views at Half Dome.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.