25 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

25 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

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25 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h
6
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Tel Aviv


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2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then take a stroll through North Beach, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In September, San Francisco is slightly colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and McWay Falls. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel River State Beach and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Monterey sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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 Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve about 1 hour away. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moro Rock and Giant Forest. Get in touch with nature at Kings Canyon National Park and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Congress Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In October in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and White River National Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Montgomery Reservoir and Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey), Pike National Forest (in Fairplay) and Mt democrat alma colorado (in Alma). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car from Death Valley National Park to Buena Vista in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to Buena Vista is 1 hour. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Buena Vista, with highs around 19°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Alma, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, White River National Forest, Pike National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanging Lake Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip maker app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Aspen, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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