25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Groningen

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see V. Sattui Winery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Groningen, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Groningen to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Groningen in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Sea Ranch Chapel. You'll get in some beach time at Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Arena (Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA & Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park, and steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg tour builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena, Handley Cellars Winery, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 56 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
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 Manzanar National Historic Site and Giant Forest. Get outdoors at Moro Rock and Congress Trail. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip website .

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Simeon in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Panamint Range. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, cruise along Artists Dr, and go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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