12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Lee Vining
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Lakeside Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rabe Meadows, hike along Cascade Falls Trail, and then explore the activities along Stream Profile Chamber.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 29°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rabe Meadows, Stream Profile Chamber, Cascade Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

3
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.
Keep things going the next day: trek along Merced Grove, trek along Panorama Trail, and then get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In April in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lee Vining.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

2
nights
Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bodie State Historic Park as well as Tioga Rd. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Tioga Rd. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park and then see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lee Vining trip builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lee Vining

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Big Trees Trail, stroll through Big Stump Basin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, trek along Mt. Whitney, and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lee Vining to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. When traveling from Lee Vining in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Inyo National Forest, Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Darwin Falls ©
Darwin Falls

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