Parks in California

Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks:

Well, let’s go by parts so you don’t get confused and think that the two parks are one. Sequoia National Park is also located in the state of California, in a region known as the Sierra Nevada, about 330 km from Los Angeles.

The reason to add this park to your itinerary is to admire and be impressed by the Sequoias, giant trees that exceed 80 meters in height and 33 meters in circumference. In fact, the second oldest American national park attracts more than 1.5 million people a year.

A very interesting information is that about 3/4 of the Sequoias in the world are inside Sequoia National Park and also in King Canyon National Park, located immediately next to each other.

We visited Sequoia National Park during our motor home trip through the western United States and we can assure you that it is a great travel itinerary.

Access to the park can be done via Highway 180 or Highway 198.

Yosemite National Park is located in Mariposa County, about 500 km from Los Angeles. The park was also part of our motor home itinerary and surprised us with its natural beauties.

With over 3,000 km², Yosemite National Park is the most famous and most visited in the state of California, in addition to being one of the most visited parks in the entire country.

There, you will pass through granite gorges, waterfalls, forests of giant sequoias and other delights impossible to describe in words. For those who love to enjoy nature, it is a must-see type of tour. See the post we made about the park and learn all about Yosemite National Park.

But in addition to these, California has several national parks that are worth a visit. We even selected 7 amazing National Parks in California and talked more about them. Read and get inspired.

Also, check out our 16-day motor home itinerary across the United States, get inspired by amazing locations and see several tips that can help you build your California itinerary.

Highway 1:

The Highway Pacific Coast, popularly known as Highway 1, is one of the most famous in the United States, connecting California from end to end. Among its most popular stretches is the one that connects San Francisco to Los Angeles, with 730 km of breathtaking landscapes.

During this journey, you will pass by paradisiacal beaches, national parks, wineries and even a castle. It’s every traveler’s dream, and that’s why Highway 1 has gained all this fame.

And because you have so many options for stops, the ideal is that you book at least 4 days to get the best out of your trip. Check out some stops along the way:

  • Santa Barbara;
  • Los Olivos;
  • Solvang;
  • Cambria;
  • San Luis The Bishop;
  • San Simeon (where Hearst Castle is);
  • Big Sur and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • 17-Mile Drive;
  • Carmel by The Sea;
  • Monterey;
  • Holy Cross;
  • Half Moon Bay;
  • San Francisco.
  • San Francisco
  • Considered one of the most visionary cities in the world, San Francisco manages to please all types of travelers thanks to its wide range of leisure and entertainment options. From Los Angeles to San Francisco is about 730 km, which can be done by Highway 1.

Much more than a very busy life, San Francisco keeps its historic neighborhoods very well preserved and reserves unforgettable landscapes of its hills.

The city was still the stage for very important moments in history, such as the hippie era and the gay movement.

Find out about some of the tourist attractions in the destination:

  • Free tour of San Francisco;
  • Union Square;
  • Cable car ride;
  • Lombard Street;
  • Ghirardelli Square;
  • Fisherman’s Wharf;
  • Pier 39;
  • Alcatraz Island;
  • GldenGate Park;
  • San Francisco’s Chinatown;
  • Twin Peaks;
  • Coit Tower.
  • How many days to stay in Los Angeles
  • Answering this question will depend a lot on your travel style and what you intend to see and do there, as Los Angeles is a HUGE city and there is no shortage of amazing tours and sights for you to visit – both paid and free.

My recommendation is that you stay at least 3 full days in the city. In this way you will be able to visit the main beaches, museums and of course Hollywood and Beverlly Hills – mandatory stops on your trip.

Now, if you have good financial planning, since Los Angeles is an expensive destination, you can add a few more days to your itinerary and make your trip even more perfect.

From 5 to 7 days, you can take day trips to Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu, and still add a good dose of fun at Disney and Universal Studios parks.