9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 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.
To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation tool.

Atlanta to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 12th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip itinerary maker.

You can 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 slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · 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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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): shop like a local with Wyland Gallery Carmel, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, then don't miss a visit to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View and then trek along Mariposa Grove. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park vacation site.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 73°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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