47 days in California Itinerary

47 days in California Itinerary

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47 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lone Pine
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Klamath
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

6
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.
Visit Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Botanical Building and Lily Pond. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, see where the action happens at Petco Park, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Seaport Village.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planner.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego. Traveling from London in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oceanside Pier, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Coronado Beach, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Artists Palette and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

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 warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

5
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Get some historical perspective at Cerro Gordo Mines and General Sherman Tree. Visiting Kings Canyon National Park and Zumwalt Meadow Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lone Pine side-trips: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Grizzly Falls, Moro Rock, & more) and Tulare Outlet Center (in Tulare). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, look for gifts at Gus's Fresh Jerky, and take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lone Pine online travel planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lone Pine, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Tulare Outlet Center, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

6
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Mammoth Mountain. Visiting Tioga Pass and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Hot Creek, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Mariposa Grove, and explore the activities along Wild Willy's Hot Springs.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Lone Pine to Mammoth Lakes in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in July, expect Mammoth Lakes to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 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

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain

6
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.
Do your shopping at Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Depot Antique Mall and Wine Pub. Get outdoors at Monarch Butterfly Grove and Ostrich Land. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: The Woolworth Building (in Oxnard), Surf Beach (in Lompoc) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be somewhat warmer, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Surf Beach, Ostrich Land, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Goleta Beach ©
Goleta Beach

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.
Nitt Witt Ridge and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Simeon to Big Sur to see Pacific Valley Bluff Trail about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, and stop by Linn's Original Farmstore.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

4
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. For shopping fun, head to The Doud Arcade or Wyland Gallery Carmel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

4
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Visit Luffenholtz Beach County Park and Wilson Creek Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Klamath: Crescent City (Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, & more), Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area (in Arcata) and Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor & Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, take in the views from Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial, and explore and take pictures at Redwood Highway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Klamath trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Carmel to Klamath with the Route module. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Klamath: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City, Trinidad, Luffenholtz Beach County Park, Redwood Highway, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Point and Castello di Amorosa. Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and San Francisco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery (in Sebastopol). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, shop like a local with Bacchus & Venus, wander the streets of Bay Street, and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Klamath in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Santa Rosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Fort Point ©
Fort Point
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

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