13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive

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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Redondo Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and The Broad. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach, approximately Manhattan Beach away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, trek along Big Stump Basin, Head underground at Boyden Cavern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Take a break from the city and head to Hidden Valley Nature Trail and Split Rock. Step off the beaten path and head to Skull Rock and Geology Tour Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joshua Tree National Park: Mecca (Box Canyon Road & Ladder Canyon Trail) and General George S. Patton Memorial Museum (in Chiriaco Summit). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wall Street Mill, explore the fascinating landscape at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park driving holiday website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Joshua Tree National Park, with lows of 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Anaheim.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Disney California Adventure Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Anaheim takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Anaheim, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.