20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much warmer (43°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Simeon online itinerary maker .

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. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. On the 25th (Sun), explore the activities along Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. On the 27th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at B Bryan Preserve, then kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, then do a tasting at Phillips Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Philo trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Philo takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much warmer days in Philo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 29th (Thu), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally stroll through Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): snap pictures at Albion River Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg visit planner .

Traveling by car from Philo to Fort Bragg takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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