24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  9​h
8
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then hike along Wall Street Mill, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Lisbon to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. In November in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Wall Street Mill ©
Wall Street Mill

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, kick back and relax at Carbon Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu online attractions planner .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Malibu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in November since evenings lows in Malibu dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Malibu. November in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (14°C), and nights are much colder (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 4th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel journey planning website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are much warmer (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hike along Forest Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Wildwood Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, and then head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Portland at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Portland to New York City by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Portland to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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