18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker.

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and visit SoMa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Visit General Sherman Tree and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Independence and see Manzanar National Historic Site, which is approximately 6h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail and stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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