19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

Indianapolis to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 1st (Mon): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Taft Point, & more). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes route planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). There's much more to do: hike along Moro Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon tour planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Limekiln State Park
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then hike along Point Lobos, then look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally explore the activities along Monterey Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Monterey are much colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 15th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route maker website .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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