20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mountain View
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cupertino
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Norton Simon Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Kazan, Russia to Los Angeles is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Kazan to Los Angeles, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kazan in October, with highs in Los Angeles at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Marston House Museum are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Glacier Point and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Taft Point, &more).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes holiday planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Mammoth Lakes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Marshall’s Beach and China Beach for some beach relaxation. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Mountain View

— 2 nights
Mountain View is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, United States, named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Computer History Museum has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Pescadero State Beach and Stevens Creek Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Stanford Shopping Center. Take a break from Mountain View with a short trip to Historic Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Google Android Lawn Statues.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mountain View tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Mountain View takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cupertino.

Things to do in Mountain View

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Cupertino

— 3 nights
Cupertino is a U.S. Apple Park Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Apple Park Visitor Center, examine the collection at Wings of History, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then see the interesting displays at Canepa Motorsports Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cupertino online visit planner.

Cupertino is just a short distance from Mountain View. In October, daily temperatures in Cupertino can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Cupertino

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.