12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner
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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to McCarran International Airport, Fly to Kingsport

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock Trail and Congress Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planning app.

Kingsport to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Kingsport in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip site.

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Funeral Mountains, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are much warmer (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.