22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Mumm Napa and Onedome capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Reyes Lighthouse and Grace Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Computer History Museum (in Mountain View), B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville) and Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (in San Jose). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, take an in-depth tour of Hiller Aviation Museum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Presidio Pet Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Rutherford, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Computer History Museum, Battery Spencer, Point Reyes Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum ©
Hiller Aviation Museum
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum

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 Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State 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.
On the 30th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery ©
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery

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 General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Slick Rock Recreation Area (in Three Rivers) and Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center (in Bishop). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Slick Rock Recreation Area, Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, and get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planning tool .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ansel Adams Gallery and May Lake Trailhead. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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