58 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Crescent City
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 11 nights
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Palm Springs
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Death Valley National Park — 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop. Step off the beaten path and head to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Echo Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Death Valley National Park side-trips: Dumont Dunes OHV Park (in Baker), Castle in Clay (in Shoshone) and Tecopa Hot Springs (in Tecopa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tioga Pass and Crossroads Tours & Limo. Get outdoors at Sentinel Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Venture out of the city with trips to Black Point Fissures (in Mono Hot Springs) and Lewis Creek Trail (in Fish Camp). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kings Canyon National Park and General Grant Tree Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Generals Hwy and Mt. Whitney. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Slick Rock Recreation Area (in Three Rivers), Eagle Mountain Casino (in Porterville) and Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, hike along Congress Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kern River.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Marin Headlands and Lands End. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay Bridge and Presidio of San Francisco. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Gary Farrell Winery (in Healdsburg). Dedicate the 12th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, get great views at Inspiration Point at the Presidio, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Crescent City.
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Crescent City — 6 nights

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Luffenholtz Beach County Park and Agate Beach. Get in touch with nature at Trees of Mystery and Redwood National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Crescent City: Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse (in Trinidad), Redwood Highway (in Eureka) and Clam Beach County Park (in Arcata). And it doesn't end there: hike along Stout Grove, admire the majestic nature at Tolowa Dunes State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, and make a trip to Tour-Through Tree.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Crescent City visit planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Crescent City to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Carmel.
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Carmel — 4 nights

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asilomar State Beach and McWay Falls. Get outdoors at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and explore and take pictures at China Rock.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Crescent City to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in November: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piedras Blancas and San Simeon State Park. Get in touch with nature at Jade Cove and Elephant Seal Vista Point. There's lots more to do: get great views at Ragged Point, make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Simeon attractions website.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.
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San Diego — 11 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coronado Beach and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & The Graves House), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Carlsbad (Carlsbad Village, South Carlsbad State Beach, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pacific Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, take an unorthodox tour of Whaley House Museum, and stroll through La Jolla Shores Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego day trip site.

Getting from San Simeon to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 7 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Joshua Tree National Park and Coachella Valley Preserve. Visiting San Jacinto Mountain and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Palm Desert (Desert Holocaust Memorial & The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens) and International Banana Museum (in Mecca).

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for home on the 15th (Thu).
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California travel guide

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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.
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