20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Crescent City
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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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.
Visit La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Beach for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) capture your imagination. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego route planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Diego is minus 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Monica State Beach and The Getty Villa. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica Bay and Carbon Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, catch a movie at California Science Center, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, get all the information you need at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Crescent City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 1 night
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse, take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, then trek along Stout Grove, and finally admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Crescent City online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Carmel to Crescent City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Crescent City: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Crescent City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Meadow Rd, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Visit Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and trek along Lembert Dome.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.