31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
2
Eureka
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Calistoga
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Calgary

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Manzanar National Historic Site and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Get outdoors at Trona Pinnacles and Badwater. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley Junction--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and get great views at Dante's View.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Calgary, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in October, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Trona Pinnacles
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Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

4
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Head to Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Golden Gait Mercantilefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Trinidad Art Gallery and Ferndale Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Trinidad State Beach (in Trinidad). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Redwood Highway, pick up some local products at Arcata Farmers' Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Eureka trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Eureka in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for much colder days in Eureka, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arcata, Ferndale, Trinidad, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Sebastopol Center For the Arts, immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then look for gifts at Powell's Sweet Shoppe.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Calistoga online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Eureka to Calistoga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Eureka in October, expect nights in Calistoga to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Powell's Sweet Shoppe - Windsor
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Sebastopol Center for the Arts ©
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at Bodie State Historic Park and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenaya Lake and Bodie. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and hike along Lembert Dome.

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

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Calistoga in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
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 Lovers Point and Point Lobos State Reserve. For shopping fun, head to The Cheese Shop or A Taste of Monterey - Wine Market & Bistro. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for much hotter nights in Carmel, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Lucia Apothecary. We've included these beaches for you: William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Moonstone Beach. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Shell Shop Inc). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Get some cultural insight at Jaffurs Wine Cellars and State Street. Do your shopping at Camarillo Premium Outlets and Chocolate Maya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Ventura (Ventura Harbor Village & VOM FASS Ventura) and Bart's Books (in Ojai). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ventura, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Bart's Books, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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