35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
7
San Diego
— 5 nights
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, cruise along Artists Dr, get great views at Dante's View, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park vacation website.

Wichita to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Wichita to Death Valley National Park is minus 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

6
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and El Capitan. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Ferry Building Marketplace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cable Car Museum and Musee Mecanique. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & VGS Chateau Potelle) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at Fort Point, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the history at Mission Dolores.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around °F, while nights are much warmer with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St. Helena, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Patrick Amiot, Art Works Downtown
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Giant Forest and Moro Rock. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along General Grant Tree Trail, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, and explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In October in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Visit Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego online route builder.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

6
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Annenberg Community Beach House, Montana Avenue, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the exciting artwork at Hauser & Wirth, shop like a local with The Grove, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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