22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kingsport
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Kingsport

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Artists Dr and Badwater Basin. Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Amargosa Valley to see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge about 1h 15 min away.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary planning tool .

Kingsport to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingsport to Death Valley National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Kingsport in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visiting Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Let the collections at Musee Mecanique and de Young Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Modus Operandi Cellars
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then kick back and relax 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.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

5
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for slightly colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 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

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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