30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Nashville
— 8 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly

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Nashville

— 8 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Smith Creek Moonshine and Opry Mills. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cheekwood and Lane Motor Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Carter House, Gallery 202, &more), Bowling Green (National Corvette Museum & Lost River Cave) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park, get engrossed in the history at Tennessee State Museum, and snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nashville holiday maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Nashville. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronado Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Botanical Building and Lily Pond and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to San Diego takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 18th (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Death Valley National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tioga Pass and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 95°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like McWay Falls and Piedras Blancas. Get a sense of the local culture at Piedras Blancas Light House Lens and Hearst Castle. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online attractions planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation maker.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Mumm Napa and California State Railroad Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.