12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

12 days in California & North Carolina Itinerary

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1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
2
Bryson City
— 1 day
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
4
Nags Head
— 1 night
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
7
San Simeon
— 1 night

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
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 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; 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 °F and lows about °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

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

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Bryson City

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.

Fly from Death Valley National Park to Bryson City in 11 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 °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Bryson City

Adventure Tours Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, thensteep 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 6.5 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 °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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.
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 steep yourself in 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 °F to lows of °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 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

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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 Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Wawona Meadow, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

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 flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. 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 °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
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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 Golden Gate Park. 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: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, 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 flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from °F by day to °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

Side Trip

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

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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): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip planning site.

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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