13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like 26-Mile Bike Path and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Zurich in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

26-Mile Bike Path
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Split Rock, hike along Wall Street Mill, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 46°C and lows are around 30°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Wall Street Mill ©
Wall Street Mill
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, then hike along Earthquake Fault, and then trek along Mammoth Crest Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip builder .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Tioga Rd
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Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Earthquake Fault ©
Earthquake Fault
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin ©

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Valley View, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit app .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toPoint Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
day
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Limantour Beach, admire the sheer force of Alamere Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tule Elk Preserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Point Reyes National Seashore journey tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Point Reyes National Seashore to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Alamere Falls
Highlights from your plan
Tule Elk Preserve ©
Tule Elk Preserve
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Point Reyes National Seashore to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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