34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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

— 20 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Skidoo Mill and Geologist's Cabin. Ballarat and The Ranch at Furnace Creek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Fossil Falls (in Little Lake) and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ubehebe Crater, 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 travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Olmsted Point and Four Mile Trail. Ansel Adams Gallery and Parsons Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, get great views at Valley View, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like McWay Falls and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, shop like a local with Wyland Gallery Carmel, 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 drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
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 2.5 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Head to Antique Galleries of Palm Springs and Crystal Fantasyfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Mount Palomar Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: CODA Gallery (in Palm Desert) and Temecula (Danza del Sol Winery, Peltzer Winery, &more).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs vacation website.

Getting from San Simeon to Palm Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Simeon in October, with highs in Palm Springs at 39°C and lows at 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.