22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then stroll through Partington Cove.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Carmel is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Relax by the water at Gualala Point Regional Park and Noyo Headlands Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Ranch Chapel and Pennyroyal Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Bragg: Lula Cellars (in Philo) and Schooner Gulch State Beach (in Point Arena). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fort Bragg tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Fort Bragg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mendocino, Sea Ranch Chapel, Schooner Gulch State Beach, Lula Cellars, Pennyroyal Farm
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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Olmsted Point and Lembert Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route builder .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fort Bragg in October; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 22°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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.
Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree will appeal to history buffs. Museum of Western Film History and Cedar Grove Visitor Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Horseshoe Meadow Trail (in Lone Pine) and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence). There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Get some historical perspective at Piedras Blancas Light Station and Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: Paso Robles (Kiamie Wine Cellars & Parrish Family Vineyard). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. In November in San Simeon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Paso Robles
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
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 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fall Canyon and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) 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
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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