30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​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
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  9​h
6
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

6
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 Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Tioga Pass and Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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. Visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer State Beach). The adventure continues: hike along Point Lobos, get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Visiting General Grant Tree Trail and Giant Forest will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Lone Pine to see Alabama Hills about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Moro Rock, take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Simeon in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alabama Hills, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artists Dr and Artists Palette. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

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
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stout Grove and Redwood National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. Change things up with a short trip to California Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Crescent City trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Crescent City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Crescent City is cooler than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trees of Mystery
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Exploratorium, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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