19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 14 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 14 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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Balloon Rides. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Jenner (Salt Point State Park, Stillwater Cove Regional Park, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, hike along Lands End, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning site.

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to San Francisco. While traveling from Miami, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, get great views at Valley View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Fri), walk around Dennis the Menace Park, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Monterey hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at A National Salute to Bob Hope & the Military, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, then admire the natural beauty at San Diego Botanic Garden, and finally stroll through Moonlight State Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 77°F and lows are around 68°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.