23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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Crescent City
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Crescent City

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): trek along Stout Grove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point St. George Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Rumiano Cheese Company, step off the mainland to explore Castle Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point St George Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pebble Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip planner.

London, UK to Crescent City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Crescent City: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

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 Marin Headlands. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lands End and Walking tours. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Craft and Design.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Crescent City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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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 Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Kids will enjoy Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel journey maker site.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

1
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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 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon journey website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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A Land of Giants

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): Head underground at Boyden Cavern, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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 Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Family-friendly places like Vernal Fall and Tenaya Lake will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: trek along Panorama Trail, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Seal Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like 26-Mile Bike Path and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, have fun at California Science Center, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey planning app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.