22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Savannah
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Savannah

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie State Historic Park and Bridalveil Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

Savannah 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Savannah to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Savannah in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Lincoln Park, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Spend the 15th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive and view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon driving holiday planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Manzanar National Historic Site and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like General Sherman Tree and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planning app .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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