11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  8​h
1
Anaheim
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Fresno
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Wawona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
7
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
8
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Calistoga
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Soarin' Around The World as well as Radiator Springs Racers.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip planner .

Birmingham to Anaheim is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In May in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ©
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Radiator Springs Racers ©
Radiator Springs Racers
Soarin' Around The World ©
Soarin' Around The World

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night
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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route planner .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Anaheim. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock and Grizzly Falls. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fresno.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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night
Fresno

Fresno ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get outside with Chukchansi Park, examine the collection at Meux Home Museum, and then learn about all things military at Legion of Valor Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Fresno trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Fresno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wawona.

Things to do in Fresno

Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Meux Home Museum ©
Meux Home Museum
Chukchansi Park ©
Chukchansi Park

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night
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wawona trip maker site .

You can drive from Fresno to Wawona in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Chilnualna Falls ©
Chilnualna Falls

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Sun), stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Lovers Point.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey day trip planning website .

You can drive from Wawona to Monterey in 4 hours. When traveling from Wawona in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary website .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel vacation planner.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Big Sur. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 20th (Wed), learn about winemaking at von Strasser Family of Wines and then do a tasting at Brian Arden Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Calistoga vacation maker app .

You can drive from Carmel to Calistoga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in Calistoga are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Brian Arden Winery ©
Brian Arden Winery
von Strasser Family of Wines ©
von Strasser Family of Wines

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