18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  15​h
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Crescent City
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Monterey is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Manchester to Monterey, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
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 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planning tool .

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, cruise along Artists Dr, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

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

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Visiting Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lone Pine side-trips: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Kings Canyon National Park & General Grant Tree Trail).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lone Pine travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine takes 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Lone Pine. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step off the beaten path and head to Valley View and Yosemite Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin and Eleven53 Interpretive Center. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake, get your game on at Mammoth Adventure Center, and stroll through Mammoth Mountain Bike Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes itinerary builder app .

Drive from Lone Pine to Mammoth Lakes in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lone Pine in July; daily highs in Mammoth Lakes reach 33°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hot Creek ©
Hot Creek
Cloud's Rest ©
Cloud's Rest
Valley View ©
Valley View

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds San Francisco, see the interesting displays at Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then examine the collection at The Marine Mammal Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Alamo Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): trek along Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, stroll through 1.5-mile Coastal Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Ice Cream.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Marine Mammal Center
Highlights from your plan
The Marine Mammal Center ©
The Marine Mammal Center
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 28th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Tolowa Dunes State Park, take a leisurely stroll along B Street Pier, look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, then stroll the grounds of Brother Jonathan Cemetery, and finally stop by Rumiano Cheese Company. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oregon Redwood Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Crissey Field State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at McVay Rock State Recreation Site.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Crescent City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Crescent City to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brookings
Highlights from your plan
Tolowa Dunes State Park ©
Tolowa Dunes State Park
McVay Rock State Recreation Site ©
McVay Rock State Recreation Site
Northcoast Marine Mammal Center ©
Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

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