25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Santa Cruz
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Santa Cruz

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, then see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and finally do a tasting at MJA Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Twin Lakes State Beach, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission State Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Santa Cruz. In June, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum ©
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Twin Lakes State Beach ©
Twin Lakes State Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zumwalt Meadow Trail, Grant Grove and Crystal Cave. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Grant Grove, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, stroll through Big Stump Basin, don't miss a visit to Cedar Grove Visitor Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Crystal Cave, look for gifts at Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, shop like a local with Mountain Light Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, and finally try your luck at Paiute Palace Casino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (94°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (62°F). On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bishop, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Crystal Cave ©
Crystal Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then explore the galleries of Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and then trek along Four Mile Trail.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Valley View ©
Valley View
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

3
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 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmelite Monastery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club and then play a few rounds at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (53°F). On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trip

Pebble Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cypress Point Golf Club ©
Cypress Point Golf Club
Poppy Hills Golf Course ©
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Carmelite Monastery ©
Carmelite Monastery

3
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 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Mecanique. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Onedome.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Fort Point ©
Fort Point
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 22nd (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

Make your Big Sur itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 25th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, learn about all things military at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then stop by Ostrich Land, and finally admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, then engage your brain at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, then see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ostrich Land, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the next day, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip planning app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Monterey are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 1st (Mon), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab, then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planning site .

Getting from Monterey to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much hotter (98°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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