20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Mono County Museum (in Bridgeport). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mono County Museum, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then stop by Lucia Apothecary, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 39°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Partington Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at LEGOLAND California and Coronado Bridge. Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in July, with highs in San Diego at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

LEGOLAND California
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planning app .

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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