19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Step out of the city life by going to Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Keane Wonder Mine.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Death Valley National Park is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Vilnius in September, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 20°C, while days are much warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip maker site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Point Lobos and McWay Falls will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: stroll around Mariposa Grove, make a trip to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in September, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Golden Gate Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.