30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

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

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Nashville

Nashville ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cheekwood and Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel. Head to Smith Creek Moonshine and Gallery 202for some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Bowling Green (National Corvette Museum & Lost River Cave), Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro) and Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Opry Mills, and take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville online route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Nashville. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Cheekwood ©
Cheekwood
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

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San Diego

San Diego ©

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 Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 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: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town Temecula, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores 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 6.5 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

Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

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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.
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 5.5 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

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tioga Pass and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (81°F), and nights are much colder (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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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.
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 · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Piedras Blancas and Pfeiffer State Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piedras Blancas Light House Lens and Hearst Castle. Get out of town with these interesting San Simeon side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species 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

Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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. 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 · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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 de Young 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: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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