36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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36 days in California Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Eureka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Klamath
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Mount Shasta
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Louisville

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Louisville to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Louisville to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Louisville in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

3
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.
Manzanar National Historic Site and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Grizzly Falls. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Simeon travel planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
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. Get in touch with nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls. Spend the 11th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at B Bryan Preserve and Seaside Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Phillips Hill Winery. Go for a jaunt from Fort Bragg to Point Arena to see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, take in the views from Albion River Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip itinerary site .

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Albion River Bridge, Phillips Hill Winery
Highlights from your plan
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

4
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Take a break from the city and head to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Black Sands Beach. Relax by the water at Camel Rock and Trinidad State Beach. Explore Eureka's surroundings by going to Ferndale Historic Cemetery (in Ferndale) and The Immortal Tree (in Redcrest). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, make a trip to Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail, and see the interesting displays at Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Eureka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, expect nights in Eureka to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are colder, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Samoa, Camel Rock, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

4
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. Get outdoors at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Trees of Mystery. Step off the beaten path and head to Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Wilson Creek Beach. Step out of Klamath to go to Redwood National Park and see Redwood National Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trillium Falls Hike, hike along California Coastal Trail, and head outdoors with High Bluff Overlook.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Klamath tour planner .

You can drive from Eureka to Klamath in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

4
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lava Beds National Monument and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Get in touch with nature at Lassen Peak and Boiling Springs Lake. Explore Mount Shasta's surroundings by going to Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills) and Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake and admire the sheer force of Hedge Creek Falls.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mount Shasta route builder site .

Getting from Klamath to Mount Shasta by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Klamath in June: highs in Mount Shasta hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Fort Crook Museum, Hedge Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lava Beds National Monument ©
Lava Beds National Monument
Lassen Peak ©
Lassen Peak
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono County Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco to see Food Tours about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Mount Shasta in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Food Tours, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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