29 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

29 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

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29 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sedona
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  22​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana


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4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, take a stroll through Chinatown, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday maker site .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Ljubljana in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, 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

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 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Simeon journey builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
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 22nd (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carmel holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. There's lots more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, trek along Four Mile Trail, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Badwater Basin and Artists Palette. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, stroll through Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bright Angel Trail and Lipan Point. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, cruise along East Rim Drive, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are cooler (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Rock and Devil's Bridge Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bell Rock and Painted Desert. Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Flagstaff (Walnut Canyon National Monument & Wupatki National Monument). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hike along Airport Mesa.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sedona tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Sedona at 37°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

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