14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Dublin

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary planner.

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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cottonwood Spring Oasis and Ladder Canyon Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Keys Ranch and Split Rock. Change things up with a short trip to Box Canyon Road in Mecca (about 52 minutes away). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Geology Tour Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Joshua Tree National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Santa Monica on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Mecca
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Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel. Appreciate the collections at The Wende Museum of the Cold War and Camera Obscura. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Santa Monica History Museum.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, plan for cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Greystone Mansion and Park, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Redondo Beach, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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