California 2020

California 2020

Jason Harris

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Route & dates

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
9
Monterey
— Few hours
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Big Sur
— 1 day
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San Simeon
— 1 night
12
Albuquerque
— 1 night

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
You've now added Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour to your itinerary.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Saint Louis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Saint Louis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint Louis in July: highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

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Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces combined statistical area.Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico's only land-grant university. The city's major employer is the federal government on nearby White Sands Test Facility and White Sands Missile Range. The Organ Mountains, 10mi to the east, are dominant in the city's landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies south of Albuquerque, northwest of El Paso, Texas and north of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park
Plaza de Las Cruces ©
Plaza de Las Cruces

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Arch Rock.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Cruces to Joshua Tree National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Cruces in July; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eureka Dunes as well as Dante's View. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Telescope Peak trail, thentake in the awesome beauty at Funeral Mountains, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, contemplate the long history of Geologist's Cabin, hike along Daylight Pass, thenhike along Gower Gulch Loop, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough 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
Eureka Dunes ©
Eureka Dunes
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Gower Gulch Loop ©
Gower Gulch Loop

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kings Canyon Scenic Byway as well as Grizzly Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): trek along Big Baldy, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, thenstroll through General Grant Tree Trail, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Mariposa Grove, Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vernal Fall and Taft Point. The adventure continues: cruise along Tioga Pass, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip website.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sand Harbor as well as Emerald Bay State Park. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Rubicon Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Tallac Trail, steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, thenexplore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, thentrek along Eagle Falls Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 7 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Incline Village, Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at China Beach, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Point Lobos and then take in the pleasant sights at The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning app.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls and Pfeiffer State Beach. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, view the masterpieces at Hawthorne Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, thentake in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, thensnap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Rocky Creek Bridge.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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.
To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in San Simeon hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for Albuquerque.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque travel planner.

You can fly from San Simeon to Albuquerque in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Simeon to Albuquerque. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from San Simeon in July, with lows around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Tours

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