9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Paso Robles & Carmel Itinerary

9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Paso Robles & Carmel Itinerary

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9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Paso Robles & Carmel Itinerary

Start: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  4​h
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Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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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 Eureka Dunes and Mt. Whitney. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Western Film History and Mount Whitney Trail. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Eastern California Museum in Independence, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cedar Grove Visitor Center.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In January, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Eureka Dunes, Eastern California Museum
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Eureka Dunes ©
Eureka Dunes
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Museum of Western Film History
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Mount Whitney Trail

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Niner Wine Estates and then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, and then learn about winemaking at Castoro Cellars.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In January in Paso Robles, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Leffingwell Landing, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
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Niner Wine Estates ©
Niner Wine Estates
Castoro Cellars ©
Castoro Cellars
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Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the galleries of Carmel Mission, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Lovers Point, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel road trip app .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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