30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Orick
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charcoal Kilns and Eureka Mine. Visiting Darwin Falls and Artists Dr will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Newark to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 70°F. 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

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

4
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 Congress Trail and Alabama Hills. Get in touch with nature at Manzanar National Historic Site and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Independence to see Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 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

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and McWay Falls. Spend the 14th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel attractions website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Van Damme State Park and Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Handley Cellars Winery (in Philo) and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, snap pictures at Albion River Bridge, and look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg day trip planning site .

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

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Handley Cellars Winery
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Trillium Falls Hike. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and California Coastal Trail. Explore Orick's surroundings by going to Klamath (Wilson Creek Beach & Trees of Mystery). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. It doesn't end there: cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Orick trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Orick in 4 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in August: highs in Orick hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Orick

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Klamath
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nevada Falls Loop and Mono Lake County Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Olmsted Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining (about 1 hour away). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Orick to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Orick in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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