20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Palo Alto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Atlanta to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in March, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Bronson Caves. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Fishing Charters & Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. On the 28th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: stroll through North Dome, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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 1st (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in Carmel to be warmer, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Palo Alto.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
nights
Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Stanford University has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with Palo Alto Art Center, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, then admire the masterpieces at Filoli, and finally contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Peace Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palo Alto day trip website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Palo Alto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Palo Alto hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

San Jose, Our Lady of Peace Church, Filoli, Computer History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Filoli ©
Filoli
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Attractions like Exploratorium and Marin Headlands make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palo Alto to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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