38 days in California Itinerary

38 days in California Itinerary

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38 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Klamath
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Lone Pine
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

5
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. Escape the urban bustle at Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Big Lagoon County Park and Agate Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Clendenen's Cider Works (in Fortuna), Ferndale Historic Cemetery (in Ferndale) and Crescent City (Del Norte County History Museum, Point St George Park, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, learn more about the world around you at Yurok Country Visitor Center, admire the majestic nature at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at College Cove.

Plan my trip to Klamath with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

San Francisco to Klamath is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. January in Klamath sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Crescent City, California, Enderts Beach, Clendenen's Cider Works
Highlights from your plan
Wilson Creek Beach ©
Wilson Creek Beach
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach

8
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.
Wilson Creek Winery and San Diego Bay Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Mormon Battalion Historic Site and Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Laguna Beach (Crystal Cove, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, & more), The Wedge (in Newport Beach) and Seal Beach (in Seal Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Del Mar City Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oceanside Strand, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Klamath to San Diego with the Route module. Traveling from Klamath in February, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Temecula, Oceanside, Mount Helix Park, The Wedge
Highlights from your plan
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Capitola Beach (in Capitola), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, join the crowd at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey tool .

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in February: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 63°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Capitola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Harmony Cellars and Hearst Ranch Winery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like New Camaldoli Hermitage and Cambria Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: Big Sur (Pacific Valley Bluff Trail & Salmon Creek Falls Trail). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 38°F in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur, Harmony Cellars, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing
Harmony Cellars ©
Harmony Cellars

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Charcoal Kilns and Eureka Mine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ubehebe Crater and Panamint Range. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, and explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ubehebe Crater ©
Ubehebe Crater
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

6
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Cerro Gordo Mines and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Western Film History and Mount Whitney Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lone Pine: Fossil Falls (in Little Lake), Mineral King Valley (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park) and Shaver Stable (in Shaver Lake). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest, explore the landscape on two wheels at Buttermilk Rd, examine the collection at Eastern California Museum, and steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lone Pine trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lone Pine when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bishop, Ridgecrest, Independence, Mineral King Valley, Fossil Falls
Highlights from your plan
Shaver Stable ©
Shaver Stable
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olmsted Point and Renegade Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see California Cavern State Historic Landmark in Angels Camp, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Four Mile Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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You can drive from Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In March, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Lone Pine - with highs of 53°F and lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

California Cavern State Historic Landmark, Renegade Winery, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cloud's Rest ©
Cloud's Rest
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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