24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toowoomba
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Toowoomba

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire all the interesting features of Golden Gate Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Toowoomba, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toowoomba to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Toowoomba in August, expect much hotter with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tioga Rd and Convict Lake. Go for a jaunt from Mammoth Lakes to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, explore and take pictures at Minaret Vista, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes travel route builder app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mammoth Lakes can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (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 Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
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 Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, get great views at Aguereberry Point, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

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
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon road trip planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then trek along Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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