20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
4
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Explore hidden gems such as Pope Beach and Baldwin Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lakeside Beach and El Dorado Beach. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to San Francisco and see Food Tours, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Tahoe Trout Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Food Tours, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Step off the beaten path and head to Congress Trail and Generals Hwy. There's much more to do: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

4
nights
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and McPrice Myers Winery. Relax by the water at Piedras Blancas and Eldwaylen Ocean Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Avila Beach (Speed Boats Tours & Avila Main Beach), Moonstone Beach (in Cambria) and San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Hearst Castle, & more). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Law Estate Wines and explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pfeiffer State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Spend the 2nd (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel route builder site .

Getting from Paso Robles to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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