12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Stream Profile Chamber, then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, then contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, and then examine the collection at The Neon Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then take a stroll through The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planner.

Fly from South Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are much warmer (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Joshua Tree

— 1 night
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at World Famous Crochet Museum, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Santa Monica Museum of Art, examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Santa Monica History Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Nicholas Canyon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Joshua Tree to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree in August, expect nights in Santa Monica to be slightly colder, around 21°C, while days are much colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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.