19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Sonoma
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Union Square. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route builder site .

Guatemala City, Guatemala to San Francisco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Guatemala City to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in June, with highs in San Francisco at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy some music at Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally look for gifts at Magicopolis. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then browse the different shops at Rodeo Drive, and finally shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Santa Monica hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
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. On the 15th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carmel journey maker tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 17th (Mon), make a trip to Sonoma Barracks. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Sonoma takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sonoma, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sonoma

Theme Parks Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Mumm Napa, V. Sattui Winery, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ©
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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