26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Indio/Palm Springs
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Drive to Klamath
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Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Oakland
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Dusseldorf

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Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Popular historic sites such as Tennis Club District and Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ruddy's General Store Museum and Ruth Hardy Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online visit planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Palm Springs is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Palm Springs, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dusseldorf, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll through Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Palm Springs to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sun): take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Simeon, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Asilomar State Beach and Scenic Road Walkway will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, take a leisurely stroll along Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Klamath

— 3 nights
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Explore hidden gems such as Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Trillium Falls Hike. Step out of the city life by going to California Coastal Trail and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. When in Klamath, make a side trip to see Gold Bluffs Beach in Orick, approximately Orick away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Wilson Creek Beach, see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, and contemplate the long history of Radar Station B-71.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Klamath holiday builder site.

Explore your travel options from Carmel to Klamath with the Route module. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Klamath: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visiting Olmsted Point and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Washburn Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Klamath in October, expect much colder with lows of -2°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum and Eureka Mine. Step out of the city life by going to Artists Palette and Artists Dr. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oakland California Temple and Museum of Ice Cream. Asian Art Museum and Onedome will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum of Craft and Design, and admire the landmark architecture of The Jimi Hendrix House.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.