28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
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bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls and then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon.

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London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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Nature Parks Outdoors

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Death Valley Junction
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Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

4
days
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 Manzanar National Historic Site and Eastern California Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Grant Grove and Mt. Whitney. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Mount Whitney Trail (in Lone Pine). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and hike along Big Stump Basin.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planning app .

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Mount Whitney Trail
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Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Bluff Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in San Simeon are cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Osos, Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room
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Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle
Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room ©
Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 21st (Tue), trek along Partington Cove, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally browse the collection at Henry Miller Memorial Library. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Parks Nature Outdoors
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Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

6
days
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lembert Dome and Tenaya Lake. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Travertine Hot Spring in Bridgeport, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, cast your line with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Merced Grove, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

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Drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Bodie
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

2
days
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Obsidian Dome and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Creek. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Sierra Star Golf Club and then hike along Crystal Lake trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Mendocino.

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Sierra Star Golf Club
Sierra Star Golf Club

2
days
Mendocino

Mendocino
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): grab your bike and head to Noyo Headlands Park, see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards & Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Mendocino in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, expect nights in Mendocino to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, Philo
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Big River
Big River
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Navarro Vineyards & Winery
Navarro Vineyards & Winery

4
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visit Lovers Point and Natural Bridges State Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Mendocino to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendocino in September, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

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