34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Death Valley National Park
— 20 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
5
Palm Springs
— 4 nights

20
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Skidoo Mill and Harmony Borax Works. Ballarat and Eureka Mine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley), Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha) and Fossil Falls (in Little Lake). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, explore the fascinating landscape at The Racetrack, and stroll through Telescope Peak trail.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online travel route builder.

Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In September, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Dumont Dunes OHV park, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Fossil Falls
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Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Parsons Memorial. Get outdoors at Olmsted Point and Pothole Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Four Mile Trail, get great views at Washburn Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pfeiffer State Beach and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: McWay Falls (in Big Sur), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, Monterey is much hotter at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mission San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State 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 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage, trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Simeon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Head to Antique Galleries of Palm Springs and CODA Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Europa Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Temecula (Danza del Sol Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Temecula, CODA Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Danza del Sol Winery ©
Danza del Sol Winery
Europa Village ©
Europa Village
Doffo Winery ©
Doffo Winery

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