16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Drive to Spokane International Airport, Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to Spokane International Airport, Drive to Pasco

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip planning website.

Pasco to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pasco in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, San Simeon is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and make a trip to Lovers Point.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Japanese Tea Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a tour of USS Pampanito.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.