12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Newark in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nevada Beach Campground and Burnt Cedar Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail, Sand Harbor, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View and then walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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