22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dante's View and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

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

Kingsport to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kingsport to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Kingsport in May, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, get great views at Washburn Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Musee Mecanique. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.