47 days in United States Itinerary

47 days in United States Itinerary

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47 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 36 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

36
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna Beach and Wine Tours & Tastings. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Temecula (Hart Winery, Temecula Olive Oil Company, & more), Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (in Lancaster) and Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (in Murrieta). Have a day of magic on the 26th (Thu) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, browse the different shops at The Grove, and make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Temecula, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Dana Point, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, then see the interesting displays at Automobile Driving Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Cove and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Paramount Ranch.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Monica vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paramount Ranch, Rodeo Drive, Paradise Cove, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve, Automobile Driving Museum
Highlights from your plan
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Automobile Driving Museum
Automobile Driving Museum
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive

1
night
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 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Valley View, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, then stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then take in the history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, and then experience rural life at Ostrich Land. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at State Street, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, and then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, La Purisima State Historical Park, Ostrich Land, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanar National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, hike along Mount Whitney Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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