22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route builder tool .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland Central to San Francisco, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Let the collections at Carmel Art Association and Gallery by the Sea Carmel capture your imagination. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Museum-lovers will get to explore Fiona Bleu Gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. Bring the kids along to Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, stop by Lucia Apothecary, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Cambria to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
State Street and Solvang Antiques are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Jalama Beach and Butterfly Beach. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, look for gifts at The Sacred Space, and get some fabulous bargains at Italian Pottery Outlet.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online trip builder .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in October, you will find days in Santa Barbara are little chillier (29°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Butterfly Beach, The Sacred Space, Solvang Antiques, Jalama Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Gus's Fresh Jerky. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, stroll through Fall Canyon, and explore the fascinating landscape at Devil's Corn Field.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Cerro Gordo Mines, Museum of Western Film History, Gus's Fresh Jerky
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Kids will enjoy Mono Lake County Park and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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