8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego

America's Finest City

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 20th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, sample the fine beverages at Malahat Spirits, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Nature

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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 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park vacation builder website.

Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 103°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 23rd (Tue), admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online journey planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sur travel route planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Big Sur at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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A Land of Giants

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 25th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along General Grant Tree Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder site.

You can drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.