25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock Trail and Manzanar National Historic Site. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 11 hours. While traveling from Dammam, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lucia Apothecary and Artifacts Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Friends of the Elephant Seal and Hearst Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Big Sur (Limekiln State Park & Pacific Valley Bluff Trail). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon itinerary 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 July, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail

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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. Head to The Cheese Shop and Ocean Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel route planner.

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 July, you will find days in Carmel are colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Monterey Market
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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