18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

Plan trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Mono Lake County Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
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 4th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 40°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then hike along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel tour planning site .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Noyo Headlands Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg route planner.

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, stop by City Lights Booksellers, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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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