19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kalamazoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder .

Kalamazoo to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hike along Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
On the 27th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel online day trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, McWay Falls
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route builder .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. There's much more to do: cruise along Artists Dr, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and get great views at Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park driving holiday app .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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