12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Knoxville, Drive to Bryson City
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Bryson City
— 1 day
Fly
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Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Nags Head
— 1 night
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Fly

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Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Dante's View and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 98°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bryson City.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature

Bryson City

— 1 day
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryson City trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Death Valley National Park to Bryson City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Death Valley National Park to Bryson City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June; daily highs in Bryson City reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, then steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, and then take a tour of Battleship North Carolina.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip planner.

You can fly from Bryson City to Wilmington in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryson City in June, expect Wilmington to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, walk around Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Plan my day in Nags Head using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Wilmington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nags Head, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, make a trip to Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Nags Head to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Nags Head in June, expect cooler with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oracle Park and Exploratorium. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get advice or help at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip planning app.

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Historic Sites

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.