29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

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 Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and McWay Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 11th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon planning website.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Liza Shtromberg Jewelry. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Old Mission Santa Barbara (in Santa Barbara) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are a bit warmer (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get in touch with nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and La Jolla Cove. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Visiting Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, cruise along Artists Dr, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Diego to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are slightly colder (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Mammoth Lakes

— 6 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, Tunnel View, &more).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be colder, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.