43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Point Arena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h
End: Lima

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Lone Pine (Alabama Hills, Museum of Western Film History, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mt. Whitney, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planner.

Lima, Peru to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lima in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (22°C), and nights are much colder (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Gualala Point Regional Park. Get outdoors at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Pennyroyal Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Philo (Toulouse Vineyards & Handley Cellars Winery) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Point Arena road trip planning website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Point Arena in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Point Arena: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Point Arena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Philo, Goat Rock Beach, Pennyroyal Farm, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. We've included these beaches for you: Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Get in touch with nature at Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Lost Coast Trail (in Eureka) and Briceland Vineyards (in Redway). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, trek along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Big River.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Point Arena to Fort Bragg takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Lost Coast Trail, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Dunes and Limantour Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Lincoln Park, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Fort Bragg in November, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Limantour Beach, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

6
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 Pfeiffer State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach, Bird Rock Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon visit planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
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 Fall Canyon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Gower Gulch Loop. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Trona to see Trona Pinnacles about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Trona Pinnacles
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles

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