29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
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: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Amsterdam, Holland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, hike along Wildrose Peak Trail, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Death Valley National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Lone Pine (Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead & Alabama Hills) and Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, get great views at Buck Rock Lookout, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Inyo National Forest, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

3
nights
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 Elephant Seal Rookery. Get out of town with these interesting San Simeon side-trips: Big Sur (Pacific Valley Bluff Trail & Limekiln State Park). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in San Simeon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Monterey Bay and Seventeen Mile Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). Spend the 27th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, and stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). Dedicate the 2nd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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