29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. Visiting Yosemite Falls and El Capitan will get you outdoors. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake Vista Point, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour builder.

Fort Myers to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Myers to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Myers in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with Kayak Outfitters, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and The Old Monterey Jail for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and cruise along China Rock.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planning site.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are much colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Your inner history buff will appreciate Battery Point Lighthouse and Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Howland Hill Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crescent City: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park), Redwood Highway (in Eureka) and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (in Arcata). There's still lots to do: stroll through Stout Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Wilson Creek Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Crescent City holiday planner.

Fly from Monterey to Crescent City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for little chillier days in Crescent City, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Redwood National Park, Redwood Highway, Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coronado Island and Coronado Beach. Visiting La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Temecula to see Old Town Temecula about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Diego takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Crescent City in September, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 68°F. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coronado, South Carlsbad State Beach, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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