14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday website.

Minneapolis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point, get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally cruise along Artists Dr.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 95°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monterey Bay and Wyland Gallery Carmel. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, stroll through McAbee Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 2 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 13th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, then admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, then stroll through Stout Grove, and finally enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Crescent City planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Crescent City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for little chillier days in Crescent City, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.