5 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

5 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 day
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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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 8th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Valley View, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites
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