32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Manchester

5
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Jolla Shores Park and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Take a break from the city and head to Point Loma and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, enjoy some diversion at Petco Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to San Diego, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Coronado Island, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oceanside Pier, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

3
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Get in touch with nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trees of Mystery and Wilson Creek Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Crescent City (Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Tolowa Dunes State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Yurok Country Visitor Center and take in the views from Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Klamath road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Diego to Klamath. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect Klamath to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at California State Railroad Museum and Cable Car Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz Museum & Safari West). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to San Francisco. In October, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Klamath - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie State Historic Park and Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes day trip planning tool .

Fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General Sherman Tree and California Historical Landmark 507. Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lone Pine: Petroglyph Park (in Ridgecrest) and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Moro Rock, Zumwalt Meadow Trail, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills and contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lone Pine online vacation planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Lone Pine in 2 hours. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, things will get a bit warmer in Lone Pine: highs are around 30°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Petroglyph Park
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eureka Mine and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Artists Dr and Zabriskie Point. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light House Lens ©
Piedras Blancas Light House Lens

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asilomar State Beach and Bixby Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and McWay Falls (in Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at The Doud Arcade.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monterey travel route app .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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