29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Fort Point. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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. On the 23rd (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Piedras Blancas. Explore hidden gems such as Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. Step out of San Simeon to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in San Simeon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Venture out of the city with trips to Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall, El Capitan, &more) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport).

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Pier. Explore hidden gems such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in June, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and USS Midway Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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