22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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 Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Dante's View. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Artists Dr, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park vacation maker .

Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in August, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Kings Canyon National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Grizzly Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon tour site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Escape the urban bustle at Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 56 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

Plan my day in Carmel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Pudding Creek Beach and Van Damme State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Bragg: Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum & Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online vacation planner .

Getting from Carmel to Fort Bragg by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Fort Bragg are warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Take a break from the city and head to Bodega Dunes and Twin Peaks. Venture out of the city with trips to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step aboard USS Pampanito, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner.

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, see a world frozen in time at Bodie, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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