30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Santa Rosa
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Santa Rosa
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Santa Rosa

— 5 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Get in touch with nature at Safari West and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Dry Creek Vineyard. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: St. Helena (Heitz Cellar Tasting Room & V. Sattui Winery), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Benicia-Martinez Bridge Vista Point (in Benicia). Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at VJB Cellars and examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Rosa tour planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Santa Rosa is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Riyadh to Santa Rosa. In June, Santa Rosa is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of 33°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Kings Canyon National Park and North Grove Loop Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Slick Rock Recreation Area (in Three Rivers) and Kernville (Riverside Park & Whiskey Flat Trail). The adventure continues: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary builder website.

Drive from Santa Rosa to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 40°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Get outdoors at Mariposa Grove and Vernal Fall. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Lewis Creek Trail in Fish Camp, approximately Fish Camp away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get great views at Valley View, cruise along Tioga Pass, and get outside with Crossroads Tours & Limo.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Gower Gulch Loop, then get great views at Dante's View, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains.

Plan trip to Death Valley National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Santa Barbara

— 5 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Visit El Capitan State Beach and Goleta Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove), Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and go for a walk through Santa Barbara Harbor.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Piedras Blancas and Pacific Valley Bluff Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Piedras Blancas Light Station. There's still lots to do: stroll through Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Jade Cove, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, and admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Carmel

— 4 nights
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. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and take a leisurely stroll along Carmel Beach Boardwalk.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.