48 days in California Itinerary

48 days in California Itinerary

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48 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Dante's View and Badwater Basin. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 98°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route planning app .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Slick Rock Recreation Area (in Three Rivers) and Lone Pine (Owens River, Museum of Western Film History, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 94°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Slick Rock Recreation Area, Gus's Fresh Jerky
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

8
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Temecula), San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, admire all the interesting features of Torrey Pines Gliderport, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Discover how to plan a San Diego trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for colder days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Coronado Island, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Torrey Pines Gliderport ©
Torrey Pines Gliderport

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath) and Redwood Highway (in Eureka). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stout Grove, take a leisurely stroll along B Street Pier, delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Brother Jonathan Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City travel planner .

Fly from San Diego to Crescent City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Crescent City is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Redwood National Park, Redwood Highway
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum), Balloon Rides (in Napa) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California State Railroad Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, wander the streets of Bay Street, and delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Crescent City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bay Street, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

7
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 discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Olivos (Neverland Valley Ranch, Los Olivos General Store, & more), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Solvang, Pismo Beach, Summerland Winery, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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