13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
June Lake
— 1 night


Death Valley National Park — 3 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get great views at Dante's View, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Skidoo Mill, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary app.

Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online route builder.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

South Lake Tahoe — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Eagle Falls Trail. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum (in Truckee), Nevada State Museum (in Carson City) and Sand Harbor (in Incline Village). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Vikingsholm, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe journey site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. July in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to June Lake.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips

June Lake — 1 night

June Lake is a census-designated place in Mono County, California. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take a memorable drive along June Lake Loop and then trek along Parker Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our June Lake trip builder website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to June Lake in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in June Lake are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails
Side Trip

California travel guide

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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.