18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Drive to Klamath
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Klamath
— 2 nights
Drive to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Fly to Lungi International Airport

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Golden Gate Park, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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nights
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and get great views at Valley View.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then stroll through Mount Whitney Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, then hike along General Grant Tree Trail, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 40°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

1
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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 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then Head underground at Titus Canyon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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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 19th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon route site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, San Simeon is little chillier than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 39°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

1
night
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. On the 20th (Thu), walk around Palo Corona Regional Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Klamath

Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. On the 21st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinidad State Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Klamath travel planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carmel to Klamath. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Klamath, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Klamath

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.