8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: San Francisco

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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 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Arch Rock and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

San Francisco to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Mugu Missile Park (in Port Hueneme), Simi Valley (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum & Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum) and Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore (in Camarillo). There's more to do: examine the collection at Mullin Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Simi Valley, Santa Monica, Port Hueneme, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Point Mugu Missile Park ©
Point Mugu Missile Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, explore the galleries of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and then stroll through La Jolla Shores Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garland Ranch Regional Park and Moto Talbott. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and do a tasting at Cima Collina.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Big Sur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in May: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 65°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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