19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Fresno
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

2
nights
San Diego

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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronado Bridge and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

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Mexico City, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 23rd (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and cruise along Artists Dr.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anaheim in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

1
night
Fresno

Fresno ©
On the 28th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Sierra National Forest, stroll through Woodward Regional Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Forestiere Underground Gardens, then do a tasting at Quady Winery, then meet the residents at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Simonian Farms.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fresno online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Fresno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Quady Winery, Sierra National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Forestiere Underground Gardens ©
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Woodward Regional Park ©
Woodward Regional Park

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tunnel View and June Mountain. On the 30th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Valley View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey tool .

You can take a bus from Fresno to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Fresno in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (9°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
June Mountain ©
June Mountain
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation builder .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Dennis the Menace Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

3
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lotusland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

La Purisima State Historical Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

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