22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​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
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Jacksonville

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Artists Palette and Dante's View. Get outdoors at Artists Dr and Badwater Basin. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Jacksonville to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tioga Pass and Yosemite Falls. Visiting Vernal Fall and Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car and bus takes about 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Canyon National Park and Giant Forest. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree and stroll through Moro Rock.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online visit planner .

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 June, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 53°F. You'll set off for Carmel on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see McWay Falls in Big Sur, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 29th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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