20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Dublin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Point Isabel. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and San Gregorio State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore), V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rodeo Beach, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planning website .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in September, with highs in San Francisco at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Rodeo Beach, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. Escape the urban bustle at Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip site .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Seventeen Mile Drive. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then stop by Sebastian General Store.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take a stroll through State Street.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Monica Mountains. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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