8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, thenstroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Tokyo, Japan to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Tokyo to San Diego, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
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The Nethercutt Collection ©
The Nethercutt Collection
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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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 14th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Moro Rock, thencontemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, thentake a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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