58 days in California, Payson & Sedona Itinerary

58 days in California, Payson & Sedona Itinerary

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58 days in California, Payson & Sedona Itinerary

Montreal
Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Point Arena
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Payson
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sedona
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Montreal

7
days
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 Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Head. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and San Gregorio State Beach. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore), Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip app .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Bolinas Beach, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

4
days
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glass Beach and Black Sands Beach. Get in touch with nature at Noyo Headlands Park and Montgomery Woods State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Bragg: Philo (Goldeneye Winery & Navarro Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, and do a tasting at Pacific Star Winery.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg day trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Fort Bragg are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo, Black Sands Beach, Montgomery Woods State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Big River ©
Big River
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Montgomery Woods State Reserve ©
Montgomery Woods State Reserve

5
days
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Schooner Gulch State Beach and B Bryan Preserve. Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Geyserville (Ramazzotti Wine Tasting & Pech Merle Winery), Jenner (Bodega Highlands & Fort Ross State Historic Park) and Ukiah (The Mendocino Tree & The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, do a tasting at Saracina Vineyards, enjoy the sea views from Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gualala River.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Point Arena online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Point Arena by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Geyserville, Jenner, Gualala, Ukiah, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

7
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 out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Step off the beaten path and head to Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Kirkwood Mountain Resort (in Kirkwood) and Black Oak Casino (in Sonora). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Point Arena to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Point Arena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Black Oak Casino, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and The Racetrack. Explore hidden gems such as Titus Canyon and Mosaic Canyon. Explore Death Valley National Park's surroundings by going to Pahrump Valley Winery (in Pahrump), Death Valley Nut & Candy (in Beatty) and Death Valley Junction (Twenty Mule Team Canyon & Harmony Borax Works). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley Junction, Pahrump Valley Winery, Death Valley Nut & Candy, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

6
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 off the beaten path and head to Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get outdoors at Kings Canyon National Park and Grant Grove. Venture out of the city with trips to Tokopah Falls (in Three Rivers), Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa) and Lone Pine (Mount Whitney Trail & Museum of Western Film History). There's still lots to do: make a trip to General Sherman Tree, hike along Panoramic Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 16°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Trail of 100 Giants, Tokopah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
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 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and then hike along Bluff Trail. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online visit planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Osos, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Peachy Canyon Winery ©
Peachy Canyon Winery
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

5
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Pebble Beach Golf Links. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Lovers Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur), Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at The Wharf Marketplace, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pinnacles National Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

8
days
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.
Get outdoors at San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Shores Park. Bring the kids along to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas) and Carlsbad (Carlsbad State Beach & LEGOLAND California). Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Petco Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Payson.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carlsbad, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Moonlight Beach
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
days
Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and then try to win big at Mazatzal Casino. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc and then explore the activities along Salt River Canyon Wilderness.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Payson online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Diego to Payson. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Payson hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Payson

#Parks, #Nature, #Casinos

Side Trips

Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc, Salt River Canyon Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc ©
Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park ©
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

2
days
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Montezuma Well. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at V-Bar-V Heritage Site and then take a peaceful walk through Coconino National Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sedona road trip planner.

Getting from Payson to Sedona by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Rimrock, Coconino National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site

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