44 days in California Itinerary

44 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Santa Monica
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Klamath
— 3 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and La Jolla Shores Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route builder website.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 5 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse and The Wende Museum of the Cold War are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Third Street Promenadefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Santa Barbara (Old Mission Santa Barbara & Stearns Wharf). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, browse the different shops at Santa Monica Place, and have fun and explore at Museum of Flying.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 4 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Artists Dr and Artists Palette. Take a break from the city and head to Zabriskie Point and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of tram, train, bus, and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Klamath

— 3 nights
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. Get outdoors at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Stout Grove. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove. Explore Klamath's surroundings by going to Eureka (Redwood Highway & Hikshari Trail) and Point St George Park (in Crescent City). It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery and hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Klamath trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Klamath with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Klamath, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 3 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art of the Burl Redwood Gallery and Highlight Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Avenue of the Giants and Point Cabrillo Light Station. There's still lots to do: stroll around MacKerricher State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Klamath to Fort Bragg in 4 hours. Traveling from Klamath in June, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and wander the streets of SoMa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. For shopping fun, head to AiX or Carmel Art Association. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker app.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary website.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. Visiting Kings Canyon National Park and General Grant Tree Trail will get you outdoors. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, approximately Lone Pine away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to General Sherman Tree, explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.