54 days in United States Itinerary

54 days in United States Itinerary

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54 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  11​h 30​min
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New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Corning
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  3​h
5
Springfield
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
10
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
16
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
17
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
18
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + tram + Fly:  7​h
20
Olympic National Park
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h
21
Friday Harbor
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
22
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Upper Delaware River and Worthington State Forest. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Jacobsburg State Park in Nazareth--about 1h 50 min away.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City day trip planner .

Edinburgh, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in April, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Corning.

Things to do in New York City

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Upper Delaware River, Jacobsburg State Park, Worthington State Forest
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Worthington State Forest ©
Worthington State Forest

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Corning

Corning ©
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira and then admire the majestic nature at Hills Creek State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, take in the exciting artwork at Hands On Glass Studio, and then get to know the fascinating history of West End Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Corning trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from New York City to Corning in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Corning when traveling from New York City in April, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Corning

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Hills Creek State Park, Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Hands On Glass Studio ©
Hands On Glass Studio
West End Gallery ©
West End Gallery

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Institution Building will appeal to museum buffs. Tomb of the Unknowns and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Breezy Point Beach and Campground in Chesapeake Beach, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, admire the local landmark of United States Botanic Garden, and appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC route app .

You can drive from Corning to Washington DC in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Corning in April: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Old Town, Tomb of the Unknowns, Breezy Point Beach
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
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Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan and then kick back and relax at North Avenue Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Street Beach.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Chicago to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
North Avenue Beach ©
North Avenue Beach
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Heritage Museum and then contemplate the long history of Edwards Place Historic Home.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Springfield route maker .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: highs in Springfield hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Springfield

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

Lincoln Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Edwards Place Historic Home ©
Edwards Place Historic Home

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden District and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit St. Louis Cathedral and French Quarter for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie) and Biloxi Beach (in Biloxi). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and stop by Faulkner House Books.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Springfield to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Springfield in April, plan for much hotter nights in New Orleans, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Biloxi Beach
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at California State Railroad Museum and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Old Sacramento (in Sacramento) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Drakes Beach and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from New Orleans to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in April, expect much colder with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, Bodega Head, Drakes Beach
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then immerse yourself in nature at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Hendy Woods State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mendocino day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Mendocino. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hendy Woods State Park, Noyo Headlands Park
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Hendy Woods State Park ©
Hendy Woods State Park

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Big Sur travel planning site .

Drive from Mendocino to Big Sur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Mendocino, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 2nd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip app .

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
On the 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Estrella Warbird Air Museum, then take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, then do a tasting at Adelaida Cellars, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse and then identify plant and animal life at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paso Robles online road trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in Paso Robles hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Paso Robles

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Point San Luis Lighthouse, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Estrella Warbird Air Museum ©
Estrella Warbird Air Museum
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Studios on the Park ©
Studios on the Park

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Paso Robles to San Simeon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect colder days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and then stroll through May Lake Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: hike along Merced Grove.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Merced Grove ©
Merced Grove
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour website .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 35°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Grant Grove.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

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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 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, then examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, and then kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip builder app .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Mission San Buenaventura, Old Mission Santa Ines
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Palm Canyon and then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and then hike along Bump and Grind Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Canyon ©
Palm Canyon
Bump and Grind Trail ©
Bump and Grind Trail

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Diego online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, you will find days in San Diego are colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Olympic Peninsula and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hoh River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive and then trek along Ozette Loop Hike.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip planning website .

You can fly from San Diego to Olympic National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get a bit cooler in Olympic National Park: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hoh River ©
Hoh River
Olympic Peninsula ©
Olympic Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive ©
Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive

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Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): experience rural life at Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store, admire the masterpieces at IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art, and then get outside with Springtide Paddlesports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Island Studios and then get outside with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Friday Harbor trip builder tool .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Museums
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Island Studios ©
Island Studios
IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art ©

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Tolmie State Park and Alki Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Point No Point Lighthouse & Park. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Tacoma (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium & Point Defiance Park) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, and explore the activities along Green Lake Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip builder tool .

Fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Friday Harbor in May, with highs in Seattle at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Point No Point Lighthouse & Park, Snoqualmie Falls, Tolmie State Park
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls

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