27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Eureka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Klamath
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Redding
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, cruise along Artists Dr, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes online holiday builder .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a bus 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 ©
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain

2
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.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then trek along Moro Rock, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

2
nights
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, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, then see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, and finally stroll through Noyo Headlands Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Mendocino County Museum, admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Van Damme State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fort Bragg online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Mendocino County Museum
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Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park
Mendocino County Museum ©
Mendocino County Museum
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, explore the striking landscape at Camel Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and finally make a trip to Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Eureka trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Eureka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Klamath.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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 ©

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Trillium Falls Hike, then tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail, then examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Klamath vacation builder tool .

Getting from Eureka to Klamath by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Klamath, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. 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 Trip

Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Shasta, then get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and then stroll through Castle Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, get curious at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, then admire the sheer force of Hedge Creek Falls, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Castle Crags State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Shasta trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Klamath to Mount Shasta takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Klamath in July, plan for much warmer days in Mount Shasta, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Redding.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Castle Crags State Park, Hedge Creek Falls
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Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Castle Crags State Park ©
Castle Crags State Park

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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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brandy Creek Beach, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Shasta State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Jake Jackson Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, then explore the galleries of Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and finally Head underground at Lake Shasta Caverns.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Redding tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Mount Shasta to Redding in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mount Shasta in July; daily highs in Redding reach 45°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Weaverville, Lake Shasta Caverns, Brandy Creek Beach
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Turtle Bay Exploration Park ©
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Lake Shasta Caverns ©
Lake Shasta Caverns

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, stroll through Truckee Bike Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, examine the collection at Kentucky Mine Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Tahoe National Forest, and then enjoy the sea views from Lake Tahoe.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Truckee trip planning site .

You can drive from Redding to Truckee in 4 hours. When traveling from Redding in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahoe National Forest, Lake Tahoe, River Rafting & Tubing, Kentucky Mine Museum
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Olmsted Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

Find out how to plan Yosemite National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to 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:
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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