23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

11
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.
Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: San Juan Capistrano (Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano & Mission San Juan Capistrano), Temecula (Wilson Creek Winery, Peltzer Winery, & more) and Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour builder tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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 16th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally get great views at Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then Head underground at Titus Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Castello di Amorosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Seghesio Family Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Calistoga itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Calistoga in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May; daily highs in Calistoga reach 76°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery

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