31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Quebec City

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Darwin Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Badwater Basin and Gower Gulch Loop. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, trek along Wildrose Peak Trail, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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Quebec City, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Quebec City to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quebec City in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Visiting Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giant Forest and Manzanar National Historic Site. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa) and Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip builder .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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, Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Bird Rock Vista Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Bird Rock Vista 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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seaside Beach and Van Damme State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pudding Creek Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Point Arena (B Bryan Preserve & Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, take in the views from Albion River Bridge, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and cruise along Mendocino Coast.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg tour planner.

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are much warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Redwood National Park and Camel Rock. Step out of the city life by going to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and California Coastal Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and Trinidad State Beach (in Trinidad). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Point St George Park, see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Crescent City tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Crescent City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in Crescent City are colder (19°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Klamath, Trinidad State Beach, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Goat Rock Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Salt Point State Park. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Crescent City in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenner, Pescadero, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Limantour Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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