12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur online road trip planner .

New York City to Big Sur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Big Sur. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get little chillier in Big Sur: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Take a break from the city and head to Safari West and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma). There's more to do: do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip planner .

Drive from Big Sur to Healdsburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Sonoma, Bodega Dunes, Safari West, Benziger Family Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mammoth Mountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Healdsburg to Mammoth Lakes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Healdsburg in June, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, get great views at Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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