27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
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 Marin Headlands and Lands End. Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planning site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trees of Mystery and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Tiger Preservation Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area (in Cave Junction) and Oregon Redwood Trail (in Brookings).

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Klamath road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Klamath with the Route module. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get little chillier in Klamath: highs are around 19°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Cave Junction, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Oregon Redwood Trail, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Let the collections at National Automobile Museum and Fourth Ward School Museum capture your imagination. Bodie State Historic Park and Nevada State Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Bowers Mansion Regional Park (in Carson City), River Rafting & Tubing (in Tahoe City) and Incline Village (Secret Cove Beach & Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through Nevada Beach Campground.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Klamath to South Lake Tahoe takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Klamath in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Incline Village, Carson City, Nevada Beach Campground, Bodie State Historic Park, National Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Taft Point and Panorama Trail. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. On the next day, cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Hollywood Walk of Fame and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Broad, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, engage your brain at California Science Center, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route builder .

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Monterey - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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