30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Klamath
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Fortaleza

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at General Grant Tree Trail and Giant Forest. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Change things up with a short trip to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Fortaleza, Brazil to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Fortaleza to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fortaleza in June: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Alabama Hills
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. We've included these beaches for you: Tioga Pass and El Capitan. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park planning app .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 30°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Stout Grove and Redwood National Park. Do your shopping at Redwood Highway and Trees of Mystery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Klamath: Trinidad (Trinidad State Beach & Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse) and Crescent City (Battery Point Lighthouse & Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and make a trip to Crescent City Harbor.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Klamath trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Klamath. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Klamath to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City, Trinidad, Redwood Highway, Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Getting from Klamath to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 13 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Klamath in June, plan for much warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, San Simeon is a bit cooler than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 39°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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nights
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. Get outdoors at Pfeiffer State Beach and West Cliff Drive. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Marina State Beach (in Marina) and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Marina State Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Exploratorium and Alcatraz Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and California Academy of Sciences. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, take a stroll through Union Square, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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