36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
2
Klamath
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
8
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
9
Los Angeles
— 6 nights

5
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Charles Krug Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take a stroll through Union Square, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Istanbul to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Charles Krug Winery, Muir Woods National Monument, Mumm Napa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Trees of Mystery and End of the Trail Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: trek along California Coastal Trail, get a new perspective on nature at Yurok Country Visitor Center, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and admire all the interesting features of Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Klamath online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Klamath with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Klamath reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

3
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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. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and McWay Falls. Head to AiX and Gallery by the Sea Carmelfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Carmel. When traveling from Klamath in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, AiX
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

4
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Roaring River Falls. Next up on the itinerary: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and Head underground at Boyden Cavern.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and The Devil's Speedway will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dante's View and Artists Dr. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Get in touch with nature at Indian Canyons and Coachella Valley Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Air Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Temecula (Wilson Creek Winery & Old Town Temecula).

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with highs in Palm Springs at 49°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Temecula, El Paseo Shopping District
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El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

6
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, see the interesting displays at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Two Rodeo Drive
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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