30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
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Orick
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dante's View and Artists Palette. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eureka Mine and Charcoal Kilns. There's lots more to do: cruise along Artists Dr, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Newark to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Dante's View
4.9
Must see
Artists Dr
4.6
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Geologic Formation
Artists Palette
4.6

4
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

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.
Visiting Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Alabama Hills. Venture out of the city with trips to Independence (Manzanar National Historic Site & Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery). There's lots more to do: trek along Congress Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Must see
Congress Trail
4.9
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Must see
Moro Rock Trail
4.9

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

4
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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 Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visiting Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pudding Creek Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Change things up with a short trip to Handley Cellars Winery in Philo (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Van Damme State Park, snap pictures at Albion River Bridge, hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg travel planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Orick.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

4
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Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Escape the urban bustle at Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. Step out of Orick with an excursion to Wilson Creek Beach in Klamath--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Trees of Mystery, stroll through Lady Bird Johnson Grove, and hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Orick day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Orick takes 4 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days in Orick, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

5
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 in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Orick to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Orick in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Tioga Pass
4.9
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Must see
Bridalveil Fall
4.5
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Must see
El Capitan
4.9

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