31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights

4
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are in your itinerary. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and shop like a local with Ghirardelli Square.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in San Francisco at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, stroll around Noyo Headlands Park, thenlook for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Van Damme State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, and then admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planning website.

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park

3
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ocean Avenue and Carmel Art Association. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning app.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: highs in Carmel hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thenshop like a local with Artifacts Gallery, thentake in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon attractions site.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

5
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.
Family-friendly places like General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moro Rock and General Grant Tree Trail. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence) and Trail of 100 Giants (in Porterville). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, trek along Congress Trail, and explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step out of the city life by going to Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Bring the kids along to Devils Postpile National Monument and McLeod Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park & Tioga Rd). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

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 Gower Gulch Loop will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Artists Palette and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and cruise along Artists Dr.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are much hotter (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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