20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Anaheim
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Wawona
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Hollywood and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. In December, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Tours

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Split Rock and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or fly. In January, Joshua Tree National Park is slightly colder than Anaheim - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Wawona

— 4 nights
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Family-friendly places like Badger Pass Ski Area and Half Dome will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Wawona side-trips: Yosemite National Park (El Capitan, Glacier Point, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and trek along Mariposa Grove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wawona trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Wawona. In January, daytime highs in Wawona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain and then make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, stop by La La Land, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Wawona to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Wawona - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Orange County travel guide

4.5
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Piers & Boardwalks
Embodying southern California's ambience of laid-back sophistication, Orange County is one of the state's most popular vacation destinations, offering year-round sunshine, beautiful golden beaches, and high-end shopping and dining, spread throughout several picturesque beach communities. Spend your holiday indulging at the region's oceanfront spas, designer boutiques, and five-star restaurants, or opt for a trip to the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm. While known mostly for its luxurious amenities, the region is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, home to several national parks and active marinas.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.