12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
bus:  15​min
1
Oakland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Little Rock
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Charleston
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Oakland

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Hornet Museum and Moraga Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Marin Headlands and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton) and Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (in San Jose). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Oakland Museum of California, take a leisurely stroll along Port View Park, get lost in a book at Oakland Public Library, and pause for some photo ops at Remember Them Humanitarian Monument.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oakland attractions planner.

San Francisco to Oakland is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also take a subway; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Oakland

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Moraga Art Gallery, USS Hornet Museum, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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USS Hornet Museum ©
USS Hornet Museum
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Oakland to Joshua Tree National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daily temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Little Rock.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

3
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and The Old Mill. Explore hidden gems such as Petit Jean State Park and Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Little Rock: Hot Springs (Artists' Workshop Gallery, Bathhouse Row, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, examine the collection at Esse Purse Museum, make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza, and engage your brain at Museum Of Discovery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Little Rock attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Little Rock takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Little Rock. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, expect nights in Little Rock to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are slightly colder, around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hot Springs, The Old Mill, Petit Jean State Park
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Petit Jean State Park ©
Petit Jean State Park
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center

2
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Appreciate the collections at The Charleston Museum and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Old Sheldon Church Ruins and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Charleston with a short trip to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Little Rock to Charleston by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Charleston. Traveling from Little Rock in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Charleston: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Center for Birds of Prey, Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Angel Oak Tree
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Old Sheldon Church Ruins ©
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree

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