19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tallinn

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Drakes Estero will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tallinn in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Drakes Estero, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and finally trek along Scenic Road Walkway. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip maker .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Wed), hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get great views at Tunnel View, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: trek along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monterey in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Manzanar National Historic Site. On the next day, hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek, take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest, then see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Lone Pine trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with highs in Lone Pine at 28°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Inyo National Forest
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Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Step out of the city life by going to Titus Canyon and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lone Pine in April since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

2
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.
On the 17th (Wed), hike along Big Stump Basin, identify plant and animal life at Project Survival's Cat Haven, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Cedar Grove Visitor Center and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In April in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

3
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.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Getty Center, then identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, with lows around 15°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Crystal Cove, Running Horse Ranch, Zuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch

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