42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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42 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Bus:  5​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Glass Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seaside Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. When in Fort Bragg, make a side trip to see Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum in Point Arena, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, get outside with All Aboard Adventure, and stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fort Bragg road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get impressive views of Mount Shasta, stop by The Weed Store, and then trek along Castle Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, then look for gifts at Soul Connections, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Siskiyou.

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You can drive from Fort Bragg to Mount Shasta in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in Mount Shasta are little chillier (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 1st (Thu), stroll through Baldwin Beach, then tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe road trip website .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mount Shasta in July; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 32°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, D.L. Bliss State Park, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss State Park
Grass Roots Natural Foods ©
Grass Roots Natural Foods

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Northern Mariposa County History Center and Yosemite Valley Chapel will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Groveland (Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum & Rainbow Pool). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Groveland, Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park, Northern Mariposa County History Center
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
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.
General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moro Rock and Eastern California Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Tokopah Falls (in Three Rivers) and Mount Whitney Trail (in Lone Pine). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Mount Whitney Trail, Tokopah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in Big Sur, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

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Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

4
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get outdoors at Elephant Seal Rookery and Avila Main Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Antonio de Padua and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach (in San Simeon), Moonstone Beach (in Cambria) and Brown Butter Cookie Company (in Cayucos). There's more to do: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel and do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip maker website .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, Peachy Canyon Winery, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll get in some beach time at Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at State Street and Douglas Family Preserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc), Ostrich Land (in Buellton) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker app .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in August, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Fess Parker, La Purisima State Historical Park, Ostrich Land, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Ashford Mill Ruins ©
Ashford Mill Ruins

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nights
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.
The Getty Center and Mission San Juan Capistrano will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Oceanside, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, get some fabulous bargains at Citadel Outlets, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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