30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

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30 days in Nashville & California Itinerary

Start: Nashville
1
Nashville
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Nashville

8
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lane Motor Museum and Downtown Franklin. Popular historic sites such as Carter House and Belle Meade Plantation are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro), Bowling Green (National Corvette Museum & Lost River Cave) and Franklin (Gallery 202, Carnton, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at George Dickel Distillery, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip builder app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Nashville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowling Green, Stones River National Battlefield, George Dickel Distillery, Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Cheekwood ©
Cheekwood

5
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Oceanside Pier. Relax by the water at Coronado Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Seaport Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

You can fly from Nashville to San Diego in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Nashville in August, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oceanside Pier, Coronado Beach, Old Town Temecula, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park day trip tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (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
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

4
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.
Visiting Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tioga Pass and Tunnel View. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through General Grant Tree Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 95°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

California Historical Landmark 507
Highlights from your plan
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

3
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.
Visit Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Moonstone Beach Dr and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip tool .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Carmel tour planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as VJB Cellars and Muir Woods National Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Mumm Napa (in Rutherford). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 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 Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, California State Railroad Museum, VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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