29 days in California & Alabama Itinerary

29 days in California & Alabama Itinerary

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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Orange Beach
— 4 nights

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Crescent City

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Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood Highway and Trees of Mystery. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Humboldt Coastal Nature Center (in Manila), Klamath (Wilson Creek Beach & Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial) and Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse (in Trinidad). And it doesn't end there: hike along Stout Grove, identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, and see the interesting displays at Battery Point Lighthouse.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City driving holiday planning tool.

New York City to Crescent City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Crescent City at 59°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Monterey.

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, admire the striking features of The Old Monterey Jail, and shop like a local with Wyland Gallery Carmel.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planner.

You can fly from Crescent City to Monterey in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Crescent City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

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San Simeon

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Piedras Blancas and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Explore hidden gems such as Pacific Valley Bluff Trail and Ragged Point Overlook. Step out of San Simeon to go to Big Sur and see Big Creek Bridge, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Jade Cove, make a trip to San Simeon Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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Jade Cove
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. Get in touch with nature at Kings Canyon National Park and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Whiskey Flat Trail in Kernville, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Giant Forest
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Moro Rock Trail
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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.
Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Mariposa Grove and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions website.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

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Sentinel Dome
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El Capitan
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Artists Palette and Artists Dr. Step out of the city life by going to Devil's Golf Course and Badwater Basin. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction, approximately Death Valley Junction away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are much warmer (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Orange Beach.

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Zabriskie Point
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Artists Palette
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Orange Beach

Orange Beach ©
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Visiting Gulf State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and Tanger Outlets Foley. Explore Orange Beach's surroundings by going to Bellingrath Gardens and Home (in Theodore), Mullet Point Park (in Point Clear) and Isle Dauphine Golf Club (in Dauphin Island). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, take an in-depth tour of Gulf Shores Museum, look for gifts at Souvenir City of Orange Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wharf Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Orange Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Orange Beach takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May since evenings lows in Orange Beach dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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