11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then trek along Moro Rock Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder.

Boston to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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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 13th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 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, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take a memorable drive along China Rock, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, China Rock, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. Get in touch with nature at Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 101°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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