22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + bus:  18​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Eureka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Paris

2
nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planner.

Paris, France to Carmel is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Breakwater ©
Breakwater
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
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 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, stop by Lucia Apothecary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Tunnel View. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Lee Vining (Tioga Rd & Mono Lake County Park). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Simeon in July, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 33°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): go deep underground at Eureka Mine, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
night
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 (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip maker .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for much colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 16th (Tue), look for gifts at Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, then take in the waterfront at Trinidad Harbor, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to Eureka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with highs in Eureka at 20°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eureka

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Arcata, Trinidad, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Dedicate the 21st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Eureka to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings, Safari West, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Safari West ©
Safari West
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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