26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
San Bernardino
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Long Beach
— 3 nights
Bus:  30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
End: Los Angeles

4
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. The Getty Center and Annenberg Community Beach House will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip builder app .

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. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and then stroll through General Grant Tree Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 40°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Death Valley National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Ansel Adams Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

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You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Twin Peaks and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Palo Alto Art Center (in Palo Alto). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, take a stroll through Haight-Ashbury, walk around Golden Gate Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission Dolores.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Bernardino.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Palo Alto Art Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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San Bernardino

San Bernardino ©
San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (sometimes called the "Inland Empire"). Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Original McDonald's Site and Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at March Field Air Museum, and then take a stroll through Old Town Temecula. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, then admire all the interesting features of Keller Peak Fire Lookout, and then catch a movie at Ontario Mills.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Bernardino day trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Bernardino in 7 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in San Bernardino hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in San Bernardino

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

March Field Air Museum, Ontario Mills, Old Town Temecula, Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts, Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
Highlights from your plan
Original McDonald's Site and Museum ©
Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts ©
March Field Air Museum ©
March Field Air Museum

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel and then walk around Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Queen Mary, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Long Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Bernardino to Long Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Bernardino in June, expect nights in Long Beach to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rancho Palos Verdes, Newport Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Saddleback Church
Highlights from your plan
The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Ballona Wetlands. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Venice Canals Walkway. Change things up with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley (about 1h 05 min away). Enjoy Los Angeles some more: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, catch a movie at California Science Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip site .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Long Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica State Beach, Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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