31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Orick
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Independence
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. You'll explore and learn at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and de Young Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach (in Pescadero) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Francisco fast, fun, and easy.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Laguna de Santa Rosa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To plan Calistoga vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Calistoga: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Orick.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

4
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Museum-lovers will get to explore Trees of Mystery and Yurok Country Visitor Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Orick: Crescent City (Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground & Point St George Park) and Samoa Dunes Recreation Area (in Samoa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trillium Falls Hike.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Orick road trip website .

You can drive from Calistoga to Orick in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Calistoga, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Orick, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Orick

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Klamath, Crescent City, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hearst Castle and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Rock. Go for a jaunt from San Simeon to Templeton to see Peachy Canyon Winery about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, and identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Simeon tour builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Orick to San Simeon. Traveling from Orick in September, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
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 Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

6
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 Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake County Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and trek along Panorama Trail.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Independence.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
Independence

Independence ©
Independence is a census-designated place in Inyo County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock and Manzanar National Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Independence: Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler) and Giant Forest (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Independence trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Independence in 3 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Independence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Independence

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Museum of Western Film History, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eureka Mine and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. There's still lots to do: get great views at Dante's View, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, and explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour builder site .

You can drive from Independence to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Independence in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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