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 + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​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.
Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, get great views at Dante's View, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park road trip planning site .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Death Valley National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Capitan and Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

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 July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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 General Grant Tree Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Alabama Hills and Moro Rock. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National 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 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in San Simeon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors 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

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. Escape the urban bustle at Pfeiffer State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Lobos. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online road trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Golden Gate Bridge and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Grace Cathedral. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Moore Road Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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