17 days in Colorado & California Itinerary

17 days in Colorado & California Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Visiting Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and Estes Park Guided Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Gothenburg, Sweden to Estes Park is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from Gothenburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Half Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along North Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Estes Park to Yosemite National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Estes Park to Yosemite National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 27°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally trot along with Furnace Creek Stables.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail, get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then stroll through Big Trees Trail.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

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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 26th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon route maker site.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Big Sur online journey planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planning app.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trip

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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