29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walt Disney Concert Hall and Fantastic Race. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dante's View and Artists Dr. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Forest and Alabama Hills. Venture out of the city with trips to Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead (in Lone Pine) and Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest, and take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pacific Valley Bluff Trail & Limekiln State Park). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, shop like a local with Cambria Nursery and Florist, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, and take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in May, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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