29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Orick
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dublin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll the grounds of San Francisco National Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planner .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Dublin to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Orick.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Get some cultural insight at Trees of Mystery and End of the Trail Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Take a break from Orick with a short trip to Yurok Country Visitor Center in Klamath, about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trillium Falls Hike and hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Orick journey planner .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Orick with the Route module. In July, Orick is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Orick

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Orick to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Orick in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). Spend the 27th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
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 30th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Manzanar National Historic Site and Moro Rock. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine) and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course. Get outdoors at Badwater Basin and Artists Palette. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Artists Dr, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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