12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Joshua Tree
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Dublin

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 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
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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 23rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber, then admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, then contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, and then stroll through Baldwin Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Stream Profile Chamber
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, and then admire the masterpieces at The Neon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

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Do a combination of bus and flight 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 somewhat warmer (45°C), and nights are much warmer (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at World Famous Crochet Museum, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree road trip site.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
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Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Santa Monica Museum of Art, see the interesting displays 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. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Santa Monica History Museum, then kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree in August, expect nights in Santa Monica to be slightly colder, around 21°C, while days are cooler, 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 Beaches

Side Trips

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Nicholas Canyon Beach
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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