34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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34 days in California Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  14​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Mendocino
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Berlin

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit San Gregorio State Beach and Rodeo Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Limantour Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, see the interesting displays at The Walt Disney Family Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Point Isabel.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco custom trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Berlin to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rodeo Beach, Point Isabel, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Redwood National Park and Enderts Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and Smith River. Step out of Crescent City to go to Klamath and see Klamath River, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Trees of Mystery.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Crescent City travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Klamath, Smith River
Highlights from your plan
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Smith River
Smith River

4
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and Black Sands Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. When in Mendocino, make a side trip to see Briceland Vineyards Winery in Redway, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Glass Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Noyo Headlands Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mendocino itinerary planner.

Drive from Crescent City to Mendocino in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Crescent City, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Fort Bragg, Briceland Vineyards Winery, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

1
day
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 27th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Calistoga travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Mendocino to Calistoga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mendocino in September, expect nights in Calistoga to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui ©
V. Sattui
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Calistoga in September; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

4
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Get some cultural insight at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, get great views at Aguereberry Point, and hike along Telescope Peak trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Harmony Borax Works
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Telescope Peak trail ©
Telescope Peak trail
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manzanar National Historic Site and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Moro Rock and Lone Pine Film History Museums. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 30°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine Film History Museums, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then look for gifts at Shell Shop Inc, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and Moss Landing State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Big Sur: Monterey (Cannery Row, San Carlos Cathedral, & more) and Asilomar State Beach (in Pacific Grove). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, hike along Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Big Sur, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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