52 days in California Itinerary

52 days in California Itinerary

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52 days in California Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Klamath
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Berlin

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Oceanside Pier. Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Model Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip tool .

Berlin, Germany to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. July in San Diego sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

8
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Annenberg Community Beach House. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, engage your brain at California Science Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more) and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip app .

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 August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock. Do some cultural sightseeing at Manzanar National Historic Site and Museum of Western Film History. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Lone Pine to see Alabama Hills about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along General Grant Tree Trail, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

8
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Get some cultural insight at Trees of Mystery and Trinidad Art Gallery. Explore Klamath's surroundings by going to Tall Trees Grove (in Redwood National Park), Crescent City (Battery Point Lighthouse & Stout Grove) and Eureka (Redwood Highway & Hikshari Trail). The adventure continues: trek along Trillium Falls Hike, cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Klamath trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Klamath. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Klamath, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Crescent City, Eureka, Orick, Trinidad Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Klamath in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

California State Railroad Museum, Muir Woods National Monument, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Patrick Amiot
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©

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