11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning site .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-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. Traveling from Newark in April, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Washburn Point and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are much hotter (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planning website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

China Cove and Gibson Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

3
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.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Big Sur to San Diego by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, San Diego is a bit warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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