30 days in California & Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Itinerary

30 days in California & Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Itinerary

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30 days in California & Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
3
Bridgeport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

5
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, stroll around La Jolla Shores Park, snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

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Melbourne, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in San Diego at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside Pier, Old Town Temecula, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bartlett Cove.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip planner .

Explore your travel options from San Diego to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

2
nights
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Explore hidden gems such as Bridgeport Reservoir and Mono Lake Vista Point. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bridgeport travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Bridgeport with the Route module. Traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Bridgeport, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Bridgeport: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake Vista Point
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridgeport Reservoir ©
Bridgeport Reservoir

3
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Kings Canyon National Park and Grizzly Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like California Historical Landmark 507 and General Sherman Tree. Get out of town with these interesting Lone Pine side-trips: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Moro Rock & Giant Forest) and Petroglyph Park (in Ridgecrest).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lone Pine road trip tool .

Drive from Bridgeport to Lone Pine in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bridgeport in June; daily highs in Lone Pine reach 42°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Petroglyph Park
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Petroglyph Park ©
Petroglyph Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens and Hearst Castle. Step out of San Simeon to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and stroll through Moonstone Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 39°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Museum-lovers will get to explore Trees of Mystery and Yurok Country Visitor Center. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Klamath side-trips: Crescent City (Rumiano Cheese Company, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, & more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Radar Station B-71 and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilson Creek Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Klamath day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Carmel to Klamath with the Route module. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Klamath, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Yurok Country Visitor Center ©
Yurok Country Visitor Center

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and Musee Mecanique. Get outdoors at Presidio of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), San Jose City Hall (in San Jose) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, trek along Lands End, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to San Francisco. While traveling from Klamath, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

San Jose City Hall, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Fort Point ©
Fort Point
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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