34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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34 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 20 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Montreal

20
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artists Palette and Golden Canyon. Explore Death Valley National Park's surroundings by going to Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Fossil Falls (in Little Lake) and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Ubehebe Crater, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip tool .

Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In September, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Montreal - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Get in touch with nature at Olmsted Point and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. And it doesn't end there: hike along Four Mile Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Mission San Juan Bautista and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect much warmer with lows of 13°C in Monterey. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Mission San Juan Bautista, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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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, hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, 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 next day, immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
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San Simeon State Park ©
San Simeon State Park
Moonstone Cellars ©
Moonstone Cellars
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden and Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Antique Galleries of Palm Springs and Crystal Fantasyfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Temecula (Danza del Sol Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, & more) and CODA Gallery (in Palm Desert). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, make a trip to Palm Springs Historical Society, and trek along Palm Springs Museum Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Palm Springs trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Palm Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 39°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Temecula, Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden, CODA Gallery
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