48 days in California Itinerary

48 days in California Itinerary

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48 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Lompoc
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Mount Shasta
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Fort Bragg
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some historical perspective at Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trona Pinnacles and Eureka Dunes. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Fall Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Gordo Mines, Trona Pinnacles
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Mount Whitney Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Western Film History and Little Lakes Valley Trail. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Independence and see Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, stroll through Moro Rock, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine, Little Lakes Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

5
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Jalama Beach and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Visiting Butterfly Beach and San Buenaventura State Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Lompoc: Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, Douglas Family Preserve, & more) and Casa Dumetz Wines (in Los Alamos). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of La Purisima State Historical Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surf Beach, and learn about winemaking at Taste of Sta. Rita Hills.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Lompoc in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Lompoc are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Lompoc

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Casa Dumetz Wines, San Buenaventura State Beach, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Estero Bluffs State Park and Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary site .

Drive from Lompoc to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Lompoc in October, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Moonstone Beach, Estero Bluffs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lovers Point and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove), Marina State Beach (in Marina) and Monterey Bay (in Monterey). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State 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.
Get in touch with nature at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Bodie State Historic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along May Lake Trailhead, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

6
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bumpass Hell and Wild Horse Sanctuary. Take a break from the city and head to Cinder Cone and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Explore Mount Shasta's surroundings by going to Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel), Sundial Bridge (in Redding) and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (in Tulelake). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake, head outdoors with Devil's Kitchen, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and stop by Soul Connections.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Shasta route website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mount Shasta, with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sundial Bridge, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Wild Horse Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Bumpass Hell ©
Bumpass Hell
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center ©
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

6
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gualala Point Regional Park and Black Sands Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Noyo Headlands Park and Schooner Gulch State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville), The Immortal Tree (in Redcrest) and Lula Cellars (in Philo). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg route maker .

Drive from Mount Shasta to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Mount Shasta in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Fort Bragg: highs are around 65°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Sea Ranch Chapel, Lula Cellars, Pennyroyal Farm, The Immortal Tree
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach

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