33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Coronado Beach and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and have fun at Petco Park.

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Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Camarillo Premium Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in July since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
On the 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Simeon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pfeiffer State Beach and Bixby Bridge. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Monterey hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Kings Canyon National Park and General Sherman Tree.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 63°F, while days are warmer, around 95°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 4 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Artists Palette and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Explore hidden gems such as Dante's View and Artists Dr. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

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Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. Explore hidden gems such as Mariposa Grove and Vernal Fall. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get in touch with nature at San Francisco Bay and Muir Woods National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Domaine Carneros (in Napa) and Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa). Dedicate the 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.