27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Caracas
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Foot:  14​h 30​min
End: Caracas

4
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. Get some cultural insight at San Carlos Cathedral and Point Pinos Lighthouse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Partington Cove, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Cannery Row Antique Mall.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Caracas, Venezuela to Carmel is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time (VET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Caracas in August; daily highs in Carmel reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), stroll through Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Simeon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Street and Bart's Books. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Emma Wood State Beach. When in Santa Barbara, make a side trip to see The Getty Center in Los Angeles, approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, and kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Barbara trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Emma Wood State Beach, Bart's Books, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Get some cultural insight at Eastern California Museum and Museum of Western Film History. There's much more to do: stroll through Moro Rock, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodie and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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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