21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Luxembourg City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, head outdoors with Far Fung Places, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker app .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manzanar National Historic Site and Kings Canyon National Park. Get outdoors at Moro Rock and Giant Forest. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, hike along Congress Trail, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online route planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. Visiting Panorama Trail and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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