8 days in Raleigh & California Itinerary

8 days in Raleigh & California Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 1 day
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights



— 1 day

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at WRAL Azalea Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden, and then trek along Neuse River Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Raleigh road trip planner.

Durham to Raleigh is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Raleigh to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip app.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are colder (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

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.