31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Gualala
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 15​min
London

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and San Gregorio State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Stinson Beach in Stinson Beach (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip generator.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stinson Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

3
days
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get in touch with nature at Black Sands Beach and Van Damme State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glass Beach and MacKerricher State Park. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Gualala.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach
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Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

2
days
Gualala

Gualala ©
Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at B Bryan Preserve, then kick back and relax at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, and then kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Bluff Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Gualala Point Regional Park, and then explore the activities along Gualala River.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gualala online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Gualala takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gualala can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Gualala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Arena
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve

4
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Panorama Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gualala to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Gualala in August, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
days
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step out of the city life by going to Devils Postpile National Monument and Convict Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Mary and Minaret Vista. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Bishop (Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest & Laws Railroad Museum). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls and contemplate the waterfront views at Gull Lake.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes vacation trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bishop, Gull Lake
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument
Devils Postpile National Monument
Convict Lake ©
Convict Lake
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ©
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

3
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Mosaic Canyon will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley Junction, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Dante's View, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Harmony Borax Works
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
days
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 out of the city life by going to Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest Museum Trailhead and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 46 minutes away). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree and take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, things will get little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

2
days
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.
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip generator.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for much colder days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Relax by the water at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, examine the collection at Monterey County Youth Museum, stop by The Cheese Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip generator.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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