19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
Make it your trip
Los Angeles
— 1 night
San Diego
— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 5 nights


Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

San Diego — 3 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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Mission San Luis Rey capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronado Island and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Loma, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Boy Scout Trail, then trek along Wall Street Mill, and then hike along Cap Rock at Joshua Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail, then trek along Ladder Canyon Trail, and then trek along Cottonwood Spring.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, take an in-depth tour of Beatty Museum & Historical Society, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bakersfield.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trip

Bakersfield — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sun), hike along Kern River Parkway Trail, then get a dose of the wild on Wind Wolves Preserve, and then make a trip to Weedpatch Camp. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bakersfield trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Bakersfield. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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 Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and May Lake Trailhead. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Hathaway Pines to see Stanislaus National Forest about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Bakersfield in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

San Francisco — 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate California State Railroad Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Lands End will get you outdoors. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & California State Capitol Museum). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

Find out how to plan San Francisco trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

California travel guide

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.