30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Dehradun

2
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

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

Dehradun, India to Carmel is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dehradun to Carmel, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room (in Templeton). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, shop like a local with Cambria Nursery & Florist, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Jalama Beach. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Barbara, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Butterfly Beach, Jalama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Anaheim by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in November since evenings lows in Anaheim dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Change things up with a short trip to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Aguereberry Point, cruise along Artists Dr, and steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Anaheim in November, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 22°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Mount Whitney Trail). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. November in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Mammoth Lakes and see Devils Postpile National Monument, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

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. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Devils Postpile National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Francisco Bay and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through SoMa, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in San Francisco hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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