19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kalamazoo

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 23rd (Tue): stroll around Slick Rock Recreation Area, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour app .

Kalamazoo to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Kalamazoo in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

California Historical Landmark 507, Slick Rock Recreation Area
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

2
nights
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 25th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning site .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Step out of Klamath to go to Crescent City and see B Street Pier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, make a trip to Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial, and kick back and relax at Wilson Creek Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Klamath trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Monterey to Klamath with the Route module. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Klamath hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, trek along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Klamath in July, plan for warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
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 Artists Dr and Eureka Mine. Get in touch with nature at Artists Palette and Zabriskie Point. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (101°F), and nights are warmer (73°F). On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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