20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Ferry Building Marketplace. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planning site .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). Pack the 27th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, catch a movie at California Science Center, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For photos and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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