47 days in California Itinerary

47 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

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San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lone Pine
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Drive to Klamath
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Klamath
— 4 nights
Drive to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport
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San Francisco
— 9 nights
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San Diego

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Loma and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip builder website.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Devil's Golf Course and Badwater Basin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and get great views at Dante's View.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Lone Pine

— 5 nights
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Kings Canyon National Park and Alabama Hills. Cerro Gordo Mines and General Sherman Tree will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lone Pine: Tulare Outlet Center (in Tulare), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Grizzly Falls, Moro Rock Trail, &more) and Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lone Pine trip itinerary site.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Lone Pine when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 6 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Tioga Pass and Mammoth Mountain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hot Creek and Wild Willy's Hot Springs. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining), Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, Tunnel View, &more). There's more to do: get your game on at Mammoth Adventure Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lone Pine to Mammoth Lakes in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lone Pine in July; daily highs in Mammoth Lakes reach 33°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 6 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Shop till you drop at Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Woolworth Building. We've included these beaches for you: Goleta Beach and Surf Beach. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Beach Premium Outlets), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and The Depot Antique Mall (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and get reinvigorated at Salt Cave.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach Dr. Step out of the city life by going to Moonstone Beach and Pacific Valley Bluff Trail. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, and browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques.

Planning San Simeon trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel

— 4 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. Step out of the city life by going to Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and The Doud Arcade. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Klamath

— 4 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 Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trees of Mystery and Luffenholtz Beach County Park. Get out of town with these interesting Klamath side-trips: Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor & Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse), Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area (in Arcata) and Crescent City (Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, &more). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway, snap pictures at Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial, and stroll through Wilson Creek Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Klamath travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Carmel to Klamath. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for little chillier days in Klamath, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 9 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Francis Ford Coppola Winery and VJB Cellars. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mumm Napa and Robert Mondavi Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery (in Sebastopol). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to San Francisco. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Klamath in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.