25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online attractions planner.

Florence, Italy to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Florence in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

5
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, cruise along Tioga Pass, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday website.

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

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.
Get outdoors at Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at General Sherman Tree and General Grant Tree Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine (about 5h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and trek along Congress Trail.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour builder website.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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

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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 9th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by combination of bus and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in San Simeon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, approximately Sacramento away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit Chinatown, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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