22 days in Alaska & California Itinerary

22 days in Alaska & California Itinerary

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22 days in Alaska & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  18 h 15 min
1
Seward
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Wawona
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Bus + Tram + Bus + Fly:  18 h
End: London

3
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Exit Glacier. There's more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seward online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Seward is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from London to Seward due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Seward reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sitka trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Sitka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Safari West. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Musee Mecanique. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Fly from Sitka to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sitka in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Modus Operandi Cellars, Safari West, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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 27th (Wed), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in San Simeon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

5
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wawona trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Wawona takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wawona, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then get great views at Dante's View, and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wawona to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Wawona in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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