21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Copenhagen
Fly:  15​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Copenhagen

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tioga Pass and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome
Tunnel View
El Capitan

3
days
Monterey

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Monterey Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve, contemplate the long history of Pacific Biological Laboratories, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
days
San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego online itinerary creator.

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 22°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Shores Park
USS Midway Museum

2
days
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Global Gardens, learn about winemaking at tercero wines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in August since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Butterfly Beach, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara
tercero wines
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

4
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Let the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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