35 days in Crater Lake National Park & California Itinerary

35 days in Crater Lake National Park & California Itinerary

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35 days in Crater Lake National Park & California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Crater Lake National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Klamath
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mill Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Bridgeport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Long Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Columbus

6
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Dr and Garfield Peak. Step out of the city life by going to Crater Lake National Park and Cleetwood Cove Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crater Lake National Park: Umpqua National Forest (in Umpqua) and National Creek Falls (in Prospect). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park - Steel Visitor's Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, hike along Annie Creek Canyon, and take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park trip planner .

Columbus to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Columbus to Crater Lake National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Crater Lake National Park, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Prospect, Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Umpqua National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Mount Scott ©
Mount Scott

3
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Bring the kids along to Enderts Beach and Lone Ranch Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Klamath: Brookings (Oregon Redwood Trail & Alfred A Loeb State Park) and Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park). The adventure continues: take an unorthodox tour of Trees of Mystery, stroll through Wilson Creek Beach, and snap pictures at Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Klamath route planning app .

Getting from Crater Lake National Park to Klamath by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in October, expect nights in Klamath to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mill Valley.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brookings, Redwood National Park, Crescent City
Highlights from your plan
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

1
night
Mill Valley

Mill Valley ©
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hike along Dipsea Trail, explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, then kick back and relax at Muir Beach, and finally get great views at Golden Gate View Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mill Valley sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Mill Valley. Traveling from Klamath in October, you will find days in Mill Valley are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Muir Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Beach
Muir Beach
Golden Gate View Point ©
Golden Gate View Point

3
nights
Carmel

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. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), McWay Falls (in Big Sur) and Capitola Beach (in Capitola). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip app .

Drive from Mill Valley to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Mill Valley, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Capitola Beach, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moonstone Beach and Morro Strand State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach Dr and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Bluff Trail (in Los Osos) and Avila Main Beach (in Avila Beach). There's much more to do: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cambria tour planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Cambria to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Titus Canyon and Zabriskie Point. Explore hidden gems such as Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Cambria in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©

4
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manzanar National Historic Site and Horseshoe Meadow Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and Fossil Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lone Pine: Mineral King Valley (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park) and Giant Sequoia National Monument (in Visalia). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, and hike along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lone Pine online day trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lone Pine when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inyo National Forest, Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Mineral King Valley
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ©
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Fossil Falls ©
Fossil Falls

2
nights
Bridgeport

Bridgeport
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. On the 24th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd, hike along Parker Lake Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mono Lake County Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Columns of the Giants, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Buckeye Hot Spring.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bridgeport travel route planner .

Drive from Lone Pine to Bridgeport in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lone Pine in October; daily highs in Bridgeport reach 66°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Parker Lake Trail, Columns of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Buckeye Hot Spring ©
Buckeye Hot Spring

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and El Capitan. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Bridgeport to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Long Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Family-friendly places like Main Beach and Corona Del Mar State Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oceanside Strand and The Wedge. Explore Long Beach's surroundings by going to Harbor Beach (in Oceanside) and Sherman Library & Gardens (in Corona del Mar). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mother's Beach, kick back and relax at Rosie's Dog Beach, step off the mainland to explore Naples Island, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Long Beach by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Long Beach hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Oceanside, Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Naples Island ©
Naples Island
Main Beach ©
Main Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach

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