12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

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12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Bryson City
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Nags Head
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Dante's View and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

Plan my day in Death Valley National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
day
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Death Valley National Park to Bryson City in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to Bryson City is 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, then contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, and then brush up on your military savvy at Battleship North Carolina.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Bryson City to Wilmington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in June, expect Wilmington to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Gardens ©
Airlie Gardens
Battleship North Carolina ©
Battleship North Carolina
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©

1
night
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nags Head online route maker .

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Wilmington in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Nags Head, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get great views at Washburn Point, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Do a combination of car and flight from Nags Head to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Nags Head to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Nags Head in June, expect colder with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Golden Gate Park and Oracle Park. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

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. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much hotter, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

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