12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Philo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Paso Robles
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Mono County Museum and then see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit site .

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in March since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bridgeport
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum

1
night
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): do a tasting at Lula Cellars, learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Phillips Hill Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Pennyroyal Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, then learn about winemaking at Toulouse Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Philo journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Philo. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect Philo to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, Pennyroyal Farm
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Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

1
night
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, examine the collection at Camp Roberts Historical Museum, learn about winemaking at Veris Cellars, then see the interesting displays at Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles day trip app .

You can drive from Philo to Paso Robles in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Philo in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Veris Cellars, Elephant Seal Rookery
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Camp Roberts Historical Museum ©
Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum ©
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum
Studios on the Park ©
Studios on the Park

1
night
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 5th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Paso Robles in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 7th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then take in the exciting artwork at Motif, then examine the collection at Ruddy's General Store Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Indian Canyons, see the interesting displays at The Dream Wanderer, and then make a trip to Integratron.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, Palm Springs is a bit warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Landers
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Integratron ©
Integratron
Ruddy's General Store Museum ©
Ruddy's General Store Museum
The Dream Wanderer ©
The Dream Wanderer

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