20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Lompoc
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  5​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Austin

1
night
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lompoc route planner.

Austin to Lompoc is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Austin in October, things will get slightly colder in Lompoc: highs are around 76°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Lompoc

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carhartt Vineyard, Casa Dumetz Wines
Highlights from your plan
Surf Beach ©
Surf Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Casa Dumetz Wines ©
Casa Dumetz Wines

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 14th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Lompoc to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Lompoc in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Partington Cove, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel online vacation planner .

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 October, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (70°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then indulge your taste buds at Roundman's Smoke House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River and then kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big River
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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 Olmsted Point and Lembert Dome. Step out of the city life by going to Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and El Capitan. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Wawona Meadow, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

4
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 off the beaten path and head to Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Mount Whitney Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Generals Hwy and Moro Rock. There's much more to do: trek along Mt. Whitney, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, stroll through Big Stump Basin, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mount Whitney Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 29th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fall Canyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel route tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In October, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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