36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
12
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 15 min
13
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Explore hidden gems such as Badwater Basin and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Parker Lake Trail and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Rd and Hot Creek Fish Hatchery. Step out of Mammoth Lakes with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Gull Lake, and get a taste of the local shopping with Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes vacation planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lee Vining, June Lake
Highlights from your plan
Gull Lake ©
Gull Lake
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock. Step out of the city life by going to Kings Canyon National Park and Mount Whitney Trail. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Project Survival's Cat Haven in Dunlap, approximately Dunlap away. There's lots more to do: hike along General Grant Tree Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 95°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Whitney Trail, Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Pismo State Beach, kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Elfin Forest Preserve, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Trail, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Luis Obispo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with highs in San Luis Obispo at 79°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Osos, Avila Beach, Pismo State Beach, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip planning website.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Partington Cove. Take a break from the city and head to McWay Falls and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Big Sur with an excursion to Bear Gulch Caves in Paicines--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and don't miss a visit to Old Coast Road.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip website.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for colder days in Big Sur, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Gulch Caves
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planning tool.

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomales Bay State Park and Mori Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Anthony Chabot Regional Park (in Castro Valley), Sulphur Creek Nature Center (in Hayward) and Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planning website.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Mori Point, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Sulphur Creek Nature Center, Tomales Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Mendocino Coast and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MacKerricher State Park and Richardson Grove State Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, and learn about winemaking at Pacific Star Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Richardson Grove State Park, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwood National Park and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Take a break from the city and head to Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and Trinidad State Beach. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Eureka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in Eureka to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are colder, around 64°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arcata, Redwood National Park, Trinidad State Beach, Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 30th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sacramento Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Cosumnes River Preserve, and then stroll around Lodi Lake Park. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Natoma and then identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sacramento road trip planning app.

Getting from Eureka to Sacramento by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Eureka in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lake Natoma, Cosumnes River Preserve, Lodi Lake Park, Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve
Lake Natoma ©
Lake Natoma

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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 Yosemite, Tunnel View. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in August: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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