58 days in California Itinerary

58 days in California Itinerary

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58 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Eureka
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mount Shasta
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
Bus:  2​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Bus:  5​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Big Sur
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

6
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Yurok Country Visitor Center and Humboldt State University Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Point St George Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka: Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, & more), Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, & more) and Trees of Mystery (in Klamath). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Ferndale Historic Cemetery, contemplate the long history of The Immortal Tree, and savor the flavors at Clendenen's Cider Works.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Eureka day trip planning website .

Kansas City to Eureka is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Eureka is a bit cooler than Kansas City - with highs of 65°F and lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad, Klamath, Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visiting MacKerricher State Park and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Pennyroyal Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Zichichi Family Vineyard (in Healdsburg) and Schooner Gulch State Beach (in Point Arena). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach, savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, and snap pictures at Albion River Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Eureka to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Eureka, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm, Zichichi Family Vineyard, Albion River Bridge, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

7
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bumpass Hell and Lassen Peak . Take a break from the city and head to Mount Shasta and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Shasta side-trips: Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills), Sundial Bridge (in Redding) and Lava Beds National Monument (in Tulelake). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Siskiyou, view the masterpieces at Large Junk Art Sculptures, immerse yourself in nature at Castle Crags State Park, and look for gifts at The Weed Store.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mount Shasta day trip site .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Mount Shasta by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in September, expect Mount Shasta to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Fort Crook Museum, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Sundial Bridge, The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Bumpass Hell ©
Bumpass Hell
Lava Beds National Monument ©
Lava Beds National Monument
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta

6
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 Golden Canyon and Darwin Falls. Get some cultural insight at Cerro Gordo Mines and Harmony Borax Works. Venture out of the city with trips to Shoshone (Shoshone Museum & Dublin Gulch). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon, trek along Telescope Peak trail, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Death Valley National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mount Shasta in October; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoshone, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Darwin Falls ©
Darwin Falls

7
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Rd and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Convict Lake and Rainbow Falls. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Bishop (Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest & Laws Railroad Museum). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Creek, explore the activities along Horseshoe Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, and take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes road trip planning website .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bishop, Gull Lake
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Laws Railroad Museum ©
Laws Railroad Museum
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ©
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. Step off the beaten path and head to Olmsted Point and Lembert Dome. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 2 hours. October in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Western Film History and Manzanar National Historic Site. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and General Sherman Tree. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa), Lone Pine (Alabama Hills & Mount Whitney Trail) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's lots more to do: stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are warmer (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Independence, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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 off the beaten path and head to Piedras Blancas Light Station and Proulx Wines. Get a sense of the local culture at Hearst Castle and Hearst Ranch Winery. Get out of town with these interesting San Simeon side-trips: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, Proulx Wines
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

7
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carmel Art Association and Dawn's Dream Winery. Visiting Del Mar Beach and Partington Cove will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sur: Monterey (Del Monte Beach, Monterey Bay, & more) and Carmel (Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach & Point Lobos State Reserve). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip builder app .

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in November: highs in Big Sur hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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