13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Dublin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, Joshua Tree National Park is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis

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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Two Rodeo Drive. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Camera Obscura. Venture out of the city with trips to Malibu (Zuma Beach & Nicholas Canyon Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and tram. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: highs in Santa Monica hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Malibu, Two Rodeo Drive, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Meeks Bay Beach and Kiva Beach. Get in touch with nature at Pope Beach and Baldwin Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Truckee (Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge & West End Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect colder evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from Santa Monica in August, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Truckee, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's lots more to do: visit Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing planning app.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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