17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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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
— 2 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Copenhagen in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): cruise along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then get great views at Dante's View.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
On the 14th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip builder app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 40°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Monterey are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Crescent City

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, then trek along Stout Grove, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, trek along California Coastal Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Crescent City online journey planner.

You can fly from Monterey to Crescent City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Crescent City hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately Calistoga away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, look for gifts at Fog City News, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.