29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  7​h
6
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
End: Bristol

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation planner.

Bristol, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Breakwater make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. In August, Carmel is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 9th (Fri), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip tool .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock. Visit Manzanar National Historic Site and Cerro Gordo Mines for their historical value. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 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 August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cerro Gordo Mines, Manzanar National Historic Site, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Bring the kids along to Glass Beach and Schooner Gulch State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Seaside Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove) and Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum (in Point Arena). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, and snap pictures at Albion River Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Fort Bragg travel route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Fort Bragg is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 39°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Albion River Bridge, Mendocino Jams & Preserves, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route maker site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, 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

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