13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Dublin

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, Joshua Tree National Park is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Do your shopping at Two Rodeo Drive and Montana Avenue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Camera Obscura. Venture out of the city with trips to Malibu (Zuma Beach & Nicholas Canyon Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: highs in Santa Monica hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Two Rodeo Drive, Manhattan Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pope Beach and Baldwin Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lakeside Beach and El Dorado Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma) and Truckee (Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge & West End Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Monica to South Lake Tahoe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect colder with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Truckee, Meeks Bay Beach
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Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll through Marshall’s Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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