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
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Ljubljana

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, ponder the world of politics at San Francisco City Hall, identify plant and animal life at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

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. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Ljubljana to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ljubljana, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey maker site .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
day
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 1st (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 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 July, expect San Simeon to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria Nursery and Florist
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist

1
night
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. On the 2nd (Tue), stop by The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and SeaWorld San Diego. Visit La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and stroll through Mission Beach Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder site .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

5
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.
Visit Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, have fun and explore at Travel Town, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planning site .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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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