17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Nuremberg

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, get great views at Dante's View, and then trek along Fall Canyon.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey planner .

Nuremberg, Germany to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nuremberg to Death Valley National Park is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nuremberg in May: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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night
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 9th (Thu): hike along Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and finally make a trip to General Sherman Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manzanar National Historic Site.

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Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

2
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 11th (Sat): hike along May Lake Trailhead, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 32°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel tour builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, and finally stroll through Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the activities along Big River, identify plant and animal life at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Take a break from the city and head to Bodega Dunes and Twin Peaks. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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