8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary builder site .

Tokyo, Japan to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Tokyo to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can 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 ©
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.
On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel planning website .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park itinerary planner.

You can 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. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip site .

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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
On the 15th (Sun), trek along Moro Rock, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, then cruise along Generals Hwy, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. September in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C at night. 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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