13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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Palm Springs
— Few hours
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
7
Carmel
— 1 night
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
10
Los Angeles
— Few hours

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

Plan trip to Palm Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

San Diego to Palm Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You've added 5 Star Las Vegas Helicopter Tours, Improv Comedy Club, Rita Rudner at Harrah's Las Vegas, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as The LINQ Promenade and Strip Gun Club. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and explore the galleries of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Las Vegas, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Death Valley National Park, with lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Mammoth Crest Trail and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

Make your Mammoth Lakes itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be colder, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Valley View ©
Valley View
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe and then hike along Rubicon Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 7 hours. In May in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fallen Leaf Lake, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Fallen Leaf Lake ©
Fallen Leaf Lake
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 22nd (Wed), admire the striking features of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 23rd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center and then admire the natural beauty at Ganna Walska Lotusland.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara journey planning website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Santa Barbara hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ganna Walska Lotusland
Highlights from your plan
Ganna Walska Lotusland ©
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan

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