8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
Bus
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Ribbon Fall, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect cooler with lows of 46°F in Yosemite National Park. You'll set off for Mammoth Lakes on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mammoth Mountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route builder app.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 98°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.