8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

San Diego
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mariposa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
San Diego

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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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Diego. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
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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.
For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much hotter days and little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 57°F at night. You will leave for Mariposa on the 3rd (Tue).

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Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mariposa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mariposa takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Mariposa dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

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Yosemite National Park, Pioneer Yosemite History Center
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
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Taft Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Mariposa to South Lake Tahoe takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mariposa in July; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 81°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Emerald Bay State Park
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Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

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