21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charleston

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Olmsted Point and Glacier Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

Charleston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charleston to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charleston, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Venture Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see Partington Cove about 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel and Hearst Castle. You'll get in some beach time at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Step out of San Simeon to go to Big Sur and see Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

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Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Monterey in November since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lone Pine.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Western Film History and Cerro Gordo Mines. Go for a jaunt from Lone Pine to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to see Moro Rock about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Horseshoe Meadow Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lone Pine tour itinerary app .

Getting from San Simeon to Lone Pine by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Simeon in November, with highs in Lone Pine at 65°F and lows at 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Cerro Gordo Mines, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Fall Canyon and Wildrose Peak Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Gower Gulch Loop and The Devil's Speedway. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon

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