23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Eureka
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Avenue of the Giants and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Eureka to Redwood National Park to see Redwood National Park about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Community Forest, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail, and do a tasting at Clendenen's Cider Works.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka travel planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Eureka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Eureka is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Eureka: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcata, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Avenue of the Giants, Redwood National Park, Clendenen's Cider Works
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Coast Guard Pier and Bixby Bridge. Spend the 29th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Monterey vacation maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Eureka to Monterey takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Eureka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip maker .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Generals Hwy and Grizzly Falls. The adventure continues: hike along Congress Trail, get great views at Buck Rock Lookout, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Food Tours in San Francisco (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Lake Mary. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Lee Vining (Mono Basin Historical Society, Mono Lake County Park, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, indulge your thirst for a good beer at June Lake Brewing, and get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 1.5 hours. August in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lee Vining, June Lake Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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 Dr and Artists Palette. There's much more to do: get great views at Aguereberry Point, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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