30 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Medford, Bus to Crescent City
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 5 nights
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Crescent City — 3 nights

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Battery Point Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Step out of Crescent City with an excursion to Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy in Orick--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Stout Grove, stroll through Enderts Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Crescent City trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Crescent City is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Crescent City is minus 8 hours. In September in Crescent City, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Wine Tours & Tastings. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Calistoga (Clos Pegase Winery & Castello di Amorosa) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, wander the streets of Chinatown, and see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest and General Sherman Tree. Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, trek along Redwood Canyon Trail, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Big Baldy.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning website.

Fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 7 nights

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artist's Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally see a world frozen in time at Skidoo Mill.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.
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Cambria — 2 nights

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 24th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Tula Yoga, Fitness & Retreats, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cambria itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cambria, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.
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Carmel — 5 nights

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 in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cambria in September: highs in Carmel hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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