23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  26​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Menlo Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Mount Tamalpais State Park, stroll the grounds of Presidio Pet Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, explore the landscape on two wheels at Devil's Slide Trail, then get great views at Billy Goat Hill Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Craft and Design.

To find maps and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker app .

Cape Town, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cape Town to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Menlo Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Devil's Slide Trail
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Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Devil's Slide Trail ©
Devil's Slide Trail

3
nights
Menlo Park

Menlo Park ©
Menlo Park is a city at the eastern edge of San Mateo County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission San Juan Bautista and Cantor Arts Center. Explore hidden gems such as Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Moss Landing State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Menlo Park: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (in San Jose), Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail (in Half Moon Bay) and Ano Nuevo State Reserve (in Pescadero). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Capitola Beach and take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Menlo Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Menlo Park in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Menlo Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moss Landing, Mission San Juan Bautista, Shark Fin Cove, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Ano Nuevo State Reserve
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Ano Nuevo State Reserve ©
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Tule Elk Preserve. Battery Spencer and Haight-Ashbury are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Francisco to go to Bodega Bay and see Bodega Head, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Explore San Francisco further: explore the striking landscape of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, trek along 1.5-mile Coastal Trail, and don't miss a visit to Alamo Square.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Menlo Park to San Francisco takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Battery Spencer, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Tule Elk Preserve
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Tule Elk Preserve ©
Tule Elk Preserve
Golden Gate National Recreation Area ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel and Ripley's Believe It or Not!. Hollywood Wax Museum and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Hollywood Hills, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and browse the collection at Los Angeles Central Library.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Ripley's Believe It or Not! ©
Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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.
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, hike along Wall Street Mill, and then trek along Boy Scout Trail.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park itinerary planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 19°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Wall Street Mill ©
Wall Street Mill

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. Step off the beaten path and head to The Devil's Speedway and Mosaic Canyon. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Eureka Dunes, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Death Valley National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Apocalypse Vegas and Helicopter Tours. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Christmas Tree Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Overton (Fire Wave & Mouse's Tank), Grapevine Canyon (in Laughlin) and Green Valley Range (in Henderson). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Nostalgia Street Rods, hike along Historic Railroad Hiking Trail, have fun at Strip Gun Club, and immerse yourself in nature at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 4°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Laughlin, Henderson, Overton, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Apocalypse Vegas ©
Apocalypse Vegas
River Rafting & Tubing
Helicopter Tours

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