12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route website.

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the views from Bixby Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Hawthorne Gallery, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then hike along Partington Cove.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur journey planning tool.

You can fly from San Diego to Big Sur in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, Big Sur is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works. On your second day here, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in May, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are colder (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 31st (Fri), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online vacation planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by bus takes about 12 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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