30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly:  11​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Point Arena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Eureka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Quebec City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

Quebec City, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Quebec City to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, Marin Headlands
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
nights
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Goat Rock Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Fort Ross State Historic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Point Arena: Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Salt Point State Park (in Jenner). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach, trek along Gualala Point Regional Park, and identify plant and animal life at B Bryan Preserve.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Point Arena trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Point Arena in 3.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Point Arena: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Jenner, Sea Ranch Chapel, Gualala Point Regional Park, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get some historical perspective at Point Cabrillo Light Station and Ford House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Pudding Creek Beach and Glass Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Russian Gulch State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Point Arena to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. June in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
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Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinidad State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and then trek along Hammond Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Eureka trip tool .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Eureka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in June: highs in Eureka hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Eureka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinidad, Hammond Trail, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Arcata Community Forest
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Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse, explore the activities along Point St George Park, then trek along Stout Grove, and finally trek along Boy Scout Big Tree Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, examine the collection at Trees of Mystery, and then admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Crescent City planner .

Traveling by car from Eureka to Crescent City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Crescent City sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Crescent City

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Trees of Mystery
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Stout Grove ©
Stout Grove
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

2
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. On the 14th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Castle Crags State Park, contemplate the geological forces at Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Shasta. Keep things going the next day: trek along Castle Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Siskiyou, then engage your brain at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mount Shasta holiday maker app .

Getting from Crescent City to Mount Shasta by car takes about 4 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Crescent City in June: highs in Mount Shasta hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Castle Crags State Park
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Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Lake Siskiyou ©
Lake Siskiyou

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mount Shasta in June, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Seventeen Mile Drive. Explore Big Sur's surroundings by going to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach (in Carmel) and Monterey (Monterey Bay & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur road trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning site .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 4 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Simeon in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Cerro Gordo Mines and Skidoo Mill. Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Panamint Range. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

Plan my trip to Death Valley National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines

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