18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
5
Monterey
— 4 nights

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Artists Palette and Gower Gulch Loop will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Artists Dr and Eureka Mine. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

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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.
Visiting Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Olmsted Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, cruise along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker app.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Explore hidden gems such as General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Congress Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

2
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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 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Bixby Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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