29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
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:  5​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mountain Light Gallery and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Get outdoors at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and Tioga Rd. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake). And it doesn't end there: hike along Mammoth Crest Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and play a few rounds at Sierra Star Golf Club.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip maker app .

London, UK to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Parker Lake Trail, Mountain Light Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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 Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Get outdoors at Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 12th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planner .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. June in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock and Manzanar National Historic Site. Explore hidden gems such as Giant Forest and Darwin Falls. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Mount Whitney Trail in Lone Pine--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Mount Whitney Trail, Darwin Falls
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
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.
Visit Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Seal Rookery and Sand Dollar Beach. There's still lots to do: cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, and look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Sand Dollar Beach, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Shop till you drop at AiX and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Joullian Vineyards & Winery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Navarro Vineyards and Sea Glass Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Black Sands Beach and Jug Handle State Reserve. Explore Fort Bragg's surroundings by going to Richardson Grove State Park (in Garberville) and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, and stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Richardson Grove State Park, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Navarro Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Dunes and Patrick Amiot. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Patrick Amiot, Bodega Dunes, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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