30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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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
Fly:  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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by The Cheese Shop, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary app.

Dehradun, India to Carmel is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13.5 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Friends of the Elephant Seal and Moonstone Beach. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room (in Templeton). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning site.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in San Simeon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
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 Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Step out of Santa Barbara to go to Lompoc and see Jalama Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara road trip planning website.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in November, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jalama Beach, Butterfly 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. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Anaheim takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, Anaheim is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dante's View and Zabriskie Point. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, cruise along Artists Dr, and get great views at Aguereberry Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in November: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature 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 discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Mount Whitney Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary 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 catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Sentinel Dome. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Devils Postpile National Monument in Mammoth Lakes, approximately Mammoth Lakes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along May Lake Trailhead, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Devils Postpile National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Golden Gate Park. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wineries

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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