16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, then get lost in a book at Los Angeles Central Library, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Bowl Overlook. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, gain insight at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), then stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary maker .

Shanghai, China to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Shanghai to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in August, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ocean Avenue
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels ©
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Arch Rock, contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then don't miss a visit to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock and then cruise along Geology Tour Road.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 101°F and lows at 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree ©
Cap Rock at Joshua Tree
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malibu Hindu Temple, and finally learn about winemaking at Malibu Family Wines.

Plan my day in Malibu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Malibu in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: highs in Malibu hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Malibu

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Malibu Hindu Temple
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Malibu Hindu Temple ©
Malibu Hindu Temple
Malibu Family Wines ©
Malibu Family Wines

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Skidoo Mill and then play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Malibu to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are much warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
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Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, then take some stellar pictures from Eleven53 Interpretive Center, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Shelter Distilling.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wawona.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Shelter Distilling ©
Shelter Distilling

2
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, hike along Panorama Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. On the next day, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then trek along Four Mile Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Wawona tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Wawona in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August: high temperatures in Wawona hover around 97°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Crocker Art Museum and Stephen & Walker Winery. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Point and Sapphire Hill Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph (in San Jose), Frog's Leap Winery (in Rutherford) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer, walk around John Muir National Historic Site, and examine the collection at Museum of Ice Cream.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour planner .

Getting from Wawona to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Wawona in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are much colder, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Crocker Art Museum, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Battery Spencer, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
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Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

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