15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Big Sur
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

1
day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 6th (Mon), you're off toSequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, examine the collection at Goldwell Open Air Museum, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Natural Bridge Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Plan my day in Death Valley National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Goldwell Open Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Goldwell Open Air Museum ©
Goldwell Open Air Museum

few
hours
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

2
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 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then make a trip to Valley View, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (21°C), and nights are cooler (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina and then admire the majestic nature at Grover Hot Springs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. May in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina, Grover Hot Springs State Park, Commons Beach Park, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Redwood National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Redwood National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Redwood National Park, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Klamath
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Wilson Creek Beach ©
Wilson Creek Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Redwood National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
day
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 16th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then trek along Partington Cove.

You can plan Big Sur trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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