54 days in California Itinerary

54 days in California Itinerary

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54 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

7
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Escape the urban bustle at Badwater Basin and Artists Palette. There's lots more to do: get great views at Dante's View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildrose Peak Trail, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel itinerary planner .

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. Traveling from London to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much warmer, around 45°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get in touch with nature at Kings Canyon National Park and Trail of 100 Giants. Venture out of the city with trips to Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine) and Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, make a trip to Grant Grove, and stroll through Panoramic Point.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Inyo National Forest, Trail of 100 Giants, Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Family-friendly places like Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Big Sur (New Camaldoli Hermitage & Pacific Valley Bluff Trail). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

8
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach will thrill your kids. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Del Mar Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport), Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, & more) and Manresa State Beach (in Aptos). Spend the 10th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Bird Rock Vista Point, Manresa State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Noyo Headlands Park and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seaside Beach and Van Damme State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Briceland Vineyards (in Redway), Lula Cellars (in Philo) and Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park, admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, and take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Gualala Point Regional Park, Lula Cellars, Briceland Vineyards, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bodega Dunes and Bodega Head. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Dedicate the 28th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, make a trip to Lombard Street, and take a stroll through North Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Head, Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

9
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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