31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, and admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

3
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.
Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moro Rock and Congress Trail. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or 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 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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. Relax by the water at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Lovers Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 56 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visiting Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Pudding Creek Beach and Van Damme State Park for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Bragg: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Lula Cellars). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Carmel to Fort Bragg by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Goat Rock Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

8
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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Bridalveil Fall. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Lee Vining (Tioga Rd & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Tunnel View, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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