36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Drive to Klamath
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Klamath
— 3 nights
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Drive to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Charles Krug Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take a stroll through Union Square, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Istanbul to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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. Trees of Mystery and End of the Trail Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Redwood National Park and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy will get you outdoors. When in Klamath, make a side trip to see Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park, approximately Redwood National Park away. There's lots more to do: trek along California Coastal Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Yurok Country Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Klamath road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Klamath. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Klamath reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stop by AiX, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Carmel. When traveling from Klamath in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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A Land of Giants

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and Head underground at Boyden Cavern.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and El Capitan. There's still lots to do: trek along Lembert Dome, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dante's View and Artists Dr. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Palm Springs

Get in touch with nature at Indian Canyons and Coachella Valley Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Air Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Temecula (Wilson Creek Winery & Old Town Temecula).

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with highs in Palm Springs at 49°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Annenberg Community Beach House will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Palm Springs in August, plan for cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.