21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Lexington
+3
Fly + Bus + Shuttle + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
5
Mill Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
7
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  11 h
End: Lexington

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, and finally trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Lexington to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Lexington in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Capitan, Half Dome and Mariposa Grove. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Lembert Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Redwood National Park. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then stroll through Redwood National Park. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through California Coastal Trail and then hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Trillium Falls Hike
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and finally trek along Lands End. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Mill Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Mill Valley

Mill Valley ©
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Educational Tall Ship, hike along Dipsea Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Mill Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rodeo Beach, then get great views at Golden Gate View Point, and then trek along Tennessee Valley Trailhead.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mill Valley route planner.

Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Mill Valley takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mill Valley: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Sausalito
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Tennessee Valley Trailhead ©
Tennessee Valley Trailhead
Rodeo Beach ©
Rodeo Beach

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, then trek along Path of History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally kick back and relax at Marina State Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mill Valley to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Mill Valley, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

1
day
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Lobos. On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, then kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning app.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In August, daytime highs in Carmel are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in August, with lows around 70°F. You will leave for home on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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