13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary builder

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Palm Springs
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

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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 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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 trip

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get your game on at Axe Monkeys, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 64°F. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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 55°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

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
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.

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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 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°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 · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
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 car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°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 · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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 car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 35°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 · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel visit planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. 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

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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 71°F, while lows dip to 52°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

Los Angeles

City of Angels

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 59°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

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.