27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
6
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
7
Eureka
— 2 nights
8
Klamath
— 2 nights
9
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
10
Redding
— 2 nights
11
Truckee
— 2 nights
12
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, thencruise along Artists Dr, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Tioga Rd, look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake County Park, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): hit the slopes at Mammoth Mountain.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lee Vining
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Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, thenhike along Moro Rock, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, thendo a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, thensteep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, thenhike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. On the 10th (Wed), explore the activities along Monterey Bay, thenadmire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary builder app.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 12th (Fri), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, thenexamine the collection at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Mendocino County Museum, admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg road trip planning app.

You can drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around °C, while days are much hotter, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Mendocino County Museum
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
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Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park
Mendocino County Museum ©
Mendocino County Museum
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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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 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Camel Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, thenkick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Eureka planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Eureka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Klamath.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Arcata, Camel Rock, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:
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Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

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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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): trek along Trillium Falls Hike, hike along California Coastal Trail, thenexamine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and finally take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Klamath visit planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka to Klamath takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Klamath are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trillium Falls Hike
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Shasta, thenget impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and then take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, browse the exhibits of Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Hedge Creek Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Castle Crags State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Mount Shasta day trip planning website.

Drive from Klamath to Mount Shasta in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Klamath in July, you will find days in Mount Shasta are much hotter (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Redding.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hedge Creek Falls, Castle Crags State Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

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Redding

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. On the 20th (Sat), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Brandy Creek Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Shasta State Historic Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Jake Jackson Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, thenengage your brain at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Shasta Caverns.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Redding visit planner.

Drive from Mount Shasta to Redding in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in July: high temperatures in Redding hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Weaverville, Brandy Creek Beach, Lake Shasta Caverns
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Turtle Bay Exploration Park ©
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Lake Shasta Caverns ©
Lake Shasta Caverns
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park ©
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kentucky Mine Museum, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Tahoe National Forest, and then explore the activities along Lake Tahoe.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Truckee trip maker.

Traveling by car from Redding to Truckee takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Redding in July, you will find days in Truckee are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are cooler (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahoe National Forest, Kentucky Mine Museum, Lake Tahoe, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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Kentucky Mine Museum ©
Kentucky Mine Museum
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Bodie State Historic Park. Step out of the city life by going to Bridalveil Fall and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip website.

Take a bus from Truckee to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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