13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Palm Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
car:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Los Angeles
— Few hours
End: Los Angeles

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Plan a trip to Palm Springs easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

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. While traveling from San Diego, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 66°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

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes 5 Star Las Vegas Helicopter Tours, Improv Comedy Club, Rita Rudner at Harrah's Las Vegas, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Axe Monkeys and The LINQ Promenade. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, have fun at Strip Gun Club, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 64°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 Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Las Vegas in May since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive 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), hike along Mammoth Crest Trail and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

Find out how to plan Mammoth Lakes trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

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

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

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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), walk around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe and then stroll through Rubicon Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. May in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fallen Leaf Lake, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe ©
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe
Fallen Leaf Lake ©
Fallen Leaf Lake

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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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night
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.
To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to 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 82°F to lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lotusland.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip maker .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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hours
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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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