17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Santa Monica Beach. Appreciate the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. In November, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Carlsbad State Beach. There's more to do: stroll through La Jolla Shores Park and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego route maker website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. Let the collections at The Mob Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with The Strip, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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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 28th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, then hike along Split Rock, and then admire the masterpieces at Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in November: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Bodega Head and Point Reyes Seashore National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Union Square, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

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