30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
+2
Fly + bus + Drive:  27​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  7​h
8
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Dhaka City

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 Moro Rock. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Gus's Fresh Jerky in Olancha, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, cruise along Generals Hwy, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. August in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gus's Fresh Jerky, Museum of Western Film History
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, and cruise along Artists Dr.

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Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
For shopping fun, head to State Street or The Sacred Space. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Global Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Solvang (Sort This Out Cellars, Carivintas Winery, & more). Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Santa Barbara at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, The Sacred Space, Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon attractions planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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. Get some cultural insight at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Limekiln State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery, and stop by Del Monte Shopping Center.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Del Monte Shopping Center
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Mono Lake County Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carmel in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seaside Beach and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Attractions like Pudding Creek Beach and Noyo Headlands Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, and indulge your taste buds at Roundman's Smoke House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg travel route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in Fort Bragg reach 36°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Big River ©
Big River

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Ghirardelli Square. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Square and de Young Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Petaluma Seed Bank
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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